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18 Reasons: Japanese Comfort Food

February 25 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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A hands-on cooking class culminating in dinner served with wine and beer.

In the Summer 2012, Chef Mike Weller assembled a team of chefs to represent San Francisco and travel to Osaka, Japan to participate in a Sister City celebration. In honor of the special relationship between the cities, the Osaka Hilton closed several of its restaurants, allowing Mike and his team to reopen them, featuring variations on Californian Cuisine. The hosts in Osaka treated Mike and his team to outstanding Japanese fine dining every day, and every night they snuck out into the streets of Osaka, desperate for Japanese comfort food.

Second (and sometimes third) dinners were consumed and discussed with overwhelming joy. Often they encountered a language barrier, but they overcame this challenge by piling currency on one end of the table and eating until their hosts deemed the money spent. The food and hospitality changed Chef Mike’s outlook on his career, and now he would like to share some of this cuisine with you.


Miso Soup
Assorted Onigiri
Rainy Day in Kyoto Vegetable Curry
Third Dinner Tonkatsu
Last Meal Okonomiyaki


February 25
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm


18 Reasons
3674 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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(415) 568-2710