Food&Sake

Pop Up Bar

New York City Debut “Tachinomiya” Japanese pop-up bar Let’s taste 90 different kinds of Sake at Grand Central Terminal. “Tachinomiya“ means “standing bar”, has a long tradition in Japan, especially in large cities like Tokyo where it is common for business commuters to have a quick drink prior to boarding a commuter train home.

POP-UP BAR SCHEDULE:
March 19, 2013 8:00pm - 11:00pm
March 20, 2013 5:00pm - 11:00pm
March 21, 2013 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Sommeliers

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson fell in love with saké – and the culture and history that surround it – during the three years he spent living and working in the Japanese countryside.

Since returning to New York in 1996, he has immersed himself in the study of saké and the restaurant business, starting as a prep cook at Katsu-Hama, a casual midtown Japanese restaurant. Through the years, he has held positions with some of America’s best restaurants including Balthazar, Bond Street, Bond Street Miami,Town, and Thom and Above 60 at the Thompson Hotel. In 2002 he and business partner Chris Andrews opened a modern Vietnamese restaurant, Bao 111, followed by Bao Noodles, focused on regional Vietnamese home cooking in 2003.

Chris specializes in thought provoking saké-and-food pairing experiences that are approachable, yet rival the most serious wine and cocktail lists in the business. By combining his reverence for traditional Japanese flavors with a touch of Western ingenuity, he aspires to elevate saké beyond the confines of the traditional Japanese restaurant, and onto an international platform.

Chris is a saké sommelier certified by the Sake Service Institute, a member of the board of directors for Joy of Sake, and has served as a senior judge for the U.S. National Sake Appraisal since 2000.

In 2000, he was invited to participate in the first International Kikisake Competition, a prestigious saké sommelier competition in Tokyo, Japan, where he placed third out of 160 competitors, most of whom were Japanese. In 2007, he was asked to nominate and coordinate the selection of American competitors, and served as a judge for the second International Kikisake Competition.

He travels worldwide speaking about saké, and has been featured in a number of national publications including The New York Times, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, New York Magazine and BlackBook, as well as Japanese publications such as Kateigaho, Anan and Erio.

Toshi Koizumi


Owner of Wasan, Sommelier Society of Wine, American Wine Association Member Koizumi always liked the atmosphere at a restaurant. He started out as a busboy, then ran up the ladder quickly, as he was promoted to a runner, a waiter, a captain, a bartender, and then a manager, all while learning the business of running a restaurant. As he discovered his love for good wine and good sake, he started visiting wineries and sake breweries until in 2003, when he became a finalist at World Sake Competition in the New York region. Now Koizumi is the owner of Wasan Japanese restaurant in the East Village. Since Koizumi became a finalist at World Sake Competition in the New York region in 2003 and has held several sake seminars. His seminars range from beginners to professionals, as well as for those in the restaurant business. He also rekindled his love for wine, receiving certification from Sommelier Society of Wine in 2008 and became a member of American Wine Association in 2010.

Chizuko Niikawa-Helton


President (Sake Discoveries, LLC), Certified Sake Sommelier (Sake Service Institute (SSI)), Board Member (SSI International), 2012 Sake Samurai (Japan Sake Brewers Association) 
Despite a successful career as a fashion designer in Tokyo, with a sake sommelier certification in hand, Chizuko Niikawa-Helton embarked upon a new life in sake in New York City. Working from the ground up, her aptitude for sales and popularity with customers helped her to become New York's top female sake sommelier. During her four-year tenure at Sakagura, New York City's preeminent sake restaurant, Chizuko cultivated a selection of over 300 different sake labels, a collection rarely achieved even in Japan. In 2008, Chizuko founded her own consulting company, Sake Discoveries, LLC. She has served as a judge for the U.S. National Sake Appraisal and in 2012, was awarded the prestigious title of Sake Samurai by the Japan Sake Brewers Association.

Timothy Sullivan

2006 Founder, UrbanSake.com, 2007 Sake Samurai (Japan Sake Brewers Association), 2012 Certified Sake Advisor (Sake School of America/SSI) Timothy Sullivan is proud to be a "Sake Samurai". The Japan Sake Brewer’s Association awarded him the title in 2007, in recognition of his efforts to promote sake outside of Japan. Now a sake teacher, consultant and writer, Sullivan began his career in the sake world by founding the first US blog devoted exclusively to all things sake: UrbanSake.com. What began as a labor of love is now a major online resource for sake information and education in the United States. Timothy is excited to share is his love of Nihonshu with anyone who is thirsting for knowledge about Japan's national drink. Kanpai!

Keita Akaboshi

Kuramoto USA

Hiromi Iuchi

Kuramoto USA

Sake List

DONATION COMPANY BRAND NAME CLASSIFICATION PRODUCER AREA
NY MUTUAL Perfect Snow Kikusui Syuzo AKITA
KURAMOTO US, INC AI SAN SAN JUNMAI SEIRYO SHUZO EHIME
KURAMOTO US, INC DENSHIN YUKI JUNMAI GINJO IPPONGI KUBO HONTEN FUKUI
KURAMOTO US, INC DENSHIN INE JUNMAI IPPONGI KUBO HONTEN FUKUI
KURAMOTO US, INC HANNYA TOU -PLUM SAKE PLUM SAKE IPPONGI KUBO HONTEN FUKUI
Sake Discoveries/NY Mutual Born Yume wa masayume Born Fukui
Sake Discoveries/NY Mutual Born Nihon no tsubasa Born Fukui
Sake Discoveries/NY Mutual Born Tokusen Born Fukui
Sake Discoveries/NY Mutual Born Muroka nama genshu Born Fukui
Sake Discoveries/NY Mutual Born Gold Born Fukui
Sake Discoveries/NY Mutual Nishiyoshida Kintaro Nishiyoshida Fukuoka
Sake Discoveries/NY Mutual Nishiyoshida Ark Jakuunbaku Nishiyoshida Fukuoka
KURAMOTO US, INC MAI DAIGINJO DAIGINJO SUEHIRO SHUZO FUKUSHIMA
NY MUTUAL Ozeno Yuki Doke JMD Genshu Ryujin Syuzo GUNMA
Sake Discoveries/NY Mutual Taisetsu Junmai Taisetsu Hokkaido
Sake Discoveries/NY Mutual Taisetsu Junmai Ginjo Taisetsu Hokkaido
NY MUTUAL Gokun Nihon Sakari HYOGO
KURAMOTO US, INC TOMOJU 375 JUNMAI GINJO AIYU SHUZO IBARAKI
KURAMOTO US, INC SUIJIN JUNMAI ASABIRAKI IWATE
Sake Discoveries/NY Mutual Nanbu Bijin Tokubetsu Junmai Nanbu Bijin Iwate
Sake Discoveries/NY Mutual Nanbu Bijin Umeshu Nanbu Bijin Iwate
NY MUTUAL Kuradashi Gensyu Syochu Satsuma Syuzo KAGOSHIMA
NY MUTUAL Satsuma Otome Syochu Satsuma Syuzo KAGOSHIMA
NY MUTUAL Kuro Shiranami Syochu Satsuma Syuzo KAGOSHIMA
NY MUTUAL Kahou Kura Jyunmai Daiginjyo Kiku Masamune KOBE
KURAMOTO US, INC KAGUYAHIME JUNMAI YAMAMOTO HONKE KYOTO
KURAMOTO US, INC MIZU NO SHIRABE GINJO YAMAMOTO HONKE KYOTO
KURAMOTO US, INC GOKUJO MIYA NO YUKI HONJOZO MIYAZAKI HONTEN MIE
KURAMOTO US, INC CHORYO OMACHI TOKUBETSU JUNMAI CHORYO SHUZO NARA
KURAMOTO US, INC KOSHI NO SEKI JUNMAI GINJO SHIOKAWA SHUZO NIIGATA
NY MUTUAL Koshi Hikari Jyunmai Daiginjyo Kaetsu Syuzo NIIGATA
NY MUTUAL Dassai Niwari Sambu Asahi Syuzo NIIGATA
Sake Discoveries/NY Mutual Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo Hakkaisan Niigata
Sake Discoveries/NY Mutual Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Junmai Hakkaisan Niigata
KURAMOTO US, INC SHIRAGIKU JUNMAI JUNMAI SHIRAGIKU SHUZO OKAYAMA
KURAMOTO US, INC BICHUWAJO JUNMAI GINJO SHIRAGIKU SHUZO OKAYAMA
KURAMOTO US, INC OUTOUKA NAMA SAKE HONJOZO NAMA SHIRAGIKU SHUZO OKAYAMA
NY MUTUAL Nihonsyu de tsuketa Umesyu Umesyu Muromachi Syuzo OKAYAMA
KURAMOTO US, INC SHICHIDA -NANAWARI GOBU JUNMAI TENZAN SHUZO SAGA
KURAMOTO US, INC SHICHIDA -JUNMAI YAMAHAI JUNMAI YAMAHAI TENZAN SHUZO SAGA
Sake Discoveries/NY Mutual Amabuki Ichigo Amabuki Saga
Sake Discoveries/NY Mutual Amabuki Himawari Amabuki Saga
KURAMOTO US, INC MATSU NO HANA JUNMAI KAWASHIMA SHUZO SHIGA
KURAMOTO US, INC SHIN JUNMAI GINJO KAWASHIMA SHUZO SHIGA
KURAMOTO US, INC CHIYOMUSUBI TOKUBETSU JUNMAI CHIYOMUSUBI SHUZO TOTTORI
KURAMOTO US, INC RIKASUIMEI JUNMAI GINJO CHIYOMUSUBI SHUZO TOTTORI
KURAMOTO US, INC ONI NO SHITABURUI HONJOZO CHIYOMUSUBI SHUZO TOTTORI
KURAMOTO US, INC KUROUSHI JUNMAI NATE SHUZO WAKAYAMA
Sake Discoveries/NY Mutual Tatenokawa 50 Tatenokawa Yamagata
Sake Discoveries/NY Mutual Tatenokawa 33 Tatenokawa Yamagata
KURAMOTO US, INC KAORI JUNMAI GINJO YAMAGATA HONTEN YAMAGUCHI
KURAMOTO US, INC CHOSHU ROMAN TOKUBETSU JUNMAI YAMAGATA HONTEN YAMAGUCHI
KURAMOTO US, INC SHOIN JUNMAI GINJO YAMAGATA HONTEN YAMAGUCHI
Sake Discoveries/NY Mutual Omine Junmai Daiginjo Omine Yamaguchi
Sake Discoveries/NY Mutual Omine Junmai Omine Yamaguchi
KURAMOTO US, INC MADOKA HONJOZO SASAICHI SHUZO YAMANASHI
Choya UME BLANC UMESHU Choya Japan
Choya KOKUTO UMESHU UMESHU Choya Japan
TYKU SAKE SILVER PREMIUM TYKU JAPAN
TYKU SAKE SILVER PREMIUM TYKU JAPAN

Beer List

DONATION COMPANY BRAND NAME CLASSIFICATION PRODUCER AREA
Kirin Brewery of America Kirin Ichiban Beer Kirin US
Kirin Brewery of America Kirin Light Beer Kirin US
Kirin Brewery of America Kirin Free Beertaste Beverage Kirin Japan
Asahi Beer USA Super Dry Beer Asahi Beer Japan
SAPPORO USA PREMIUM BEER SAPPORO USA

Whisky List

DONATION COMPANY BRAND NAME CLASSIFICATION PRODUCER AREA
SUNTORY USA INC. HIBIKI WHISKY SUNTORY LIQUORS Japan
SUNTORY USA INC. HAKUSHU WHISKY SUNTORY LIQUORS Japan
SUNTORY USA INC. MIDORI LIQUEUR SUNTORY LIQUORS Japan