79 N 11th Street
SUMO STEW is back in Brooklyn for its 15th round! Inspired by a trip to Japan, photographer Michael Harlan Turkell returned to New York City with aspirations of importing this ancient sport and teamed up with Harry Rosenblum, owner of The Brooklyn Kitchen, a wonderfully multi-faceted cooking store and center for culinary education.
The two created a series based around plentiful bowls of chankonabe, the “sumo stew” wrestlers prepare and eat before matches. The hearty broth is loaded with fortifying protein and vegetables. This, paired with the live streamed bimonthly grand tournaments, makes for a lively event, bringing hungry first time and long-standing sumo fans ringside.
This round of SUMO STEW will feature chankonabe made by Brooklyn izakaya Moku Moku.
Every guest will also get a special bento box, composed of Japanese-inspired dishes from top local chefs, TBD.
Our hosts at Brooklyn Brewery will have on tap a selection of draft beers, from their year-round offerings, seasonal pours, and limited availability brews, including Sorachi Ace, an unfiltered golden farmhouse ale named after the Sorachi region of Hokkaido, Japan, and made with a Japanese hop varietal developed in the 1970’s, and only recently revived in Washington state.
Nikka Whisky, the outstanding distillery that set off the Japanese whisky movement when founded by Masataka Taketsuru in 1934 will provide bottles of Nikka Coffey Grain to be served in a signature cocktail.
Also pouring will be Mizu Shochu, a producer of Japanese shochu in Arita, Japan. Made from fermented barley and black koji, the refreshingly smooth 70-proof spirit will be offered neat or on ice with a slice of cucumber. We’ll have plenty of sake Vine Connections.
Ito En, global leaders in green tea and innovative beverages, will be showcasing their award-winning matcha LOVE.
And if all that’s not enough, we’ll end with a special dessert from Mr. Mochi.
It wouldn’t be a sumo party without tenugui, traditional hand dyed Japanese cotton towels from our good friend Ruri Kippenbrock of Wuhao New York, who’s made an exclusive pattern just for SUMO STEW!
Tickets: $55 +Fee
Grants each participant a bento box, bowl of chankonabe, beer token, and two drink tickets to be used for a taste of sake, shochu or whisky – and round after round of sumo. Additional drinks will be available for purchase.
**A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Japan Society