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Chef MacLean & Tomoya with Road 13 & Big Head Wines at Izakaya Tomo -8:30pm
Fri, 5 May 2017, 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM MDT
Calgary’s Darren MacLean is known for his no-nonsense approach to cooking and understanding of cuisines that stretch well beyond his prairie roots. In 2012, he opened downtownfood; a “New Canadian Bistro” which included the city’s first-ever rooftop garden (complete with solar-powered drip irrigation and beehives). The hyper-local approach to cooking and depth of flavours delighted both diners and critics alike. While he appreciated the accolades and success at the restaurant, he could not resist following another passion: Japanese cuisine. He travelled several times to Japan, studied the culture relentlessly, and befriended some of the world’s top Japanese chefs. In 2016, he opened Shokunin, an izakaya-style restaurant known for carefully prepared, authentic yakitori and traditional Japanese small plates—of course made using locally-sourced ingredients.
Tomoya Mutaguchi challenged the things that no one had done before in a Japanese restaurant in Edmonton like a new style of menu, being open late, traditional rustic-style decor, using real wasabi and making home blended soy sauce. Izakaya Tomo was named the City’s best new restaurant by Avenue Magazine in 2014 and is a multi-year winner of the Magazine’s best Japanese restaurant. Join MacLean and Mutaguchi as they pair with Road 13’s Mick & Pam Luckhurst and Big Head’s Jakub Lipinski for an energetic, delicious and non-traditional wine pairing dinner unlike any you’ve attended before.
*all tickets are non-refundable
*must be 18 years or older to purchase
*dietary restrictions and food allergies may not be able to be accommodated.
*all dinners will begin promptly at the stated times. Please be on time.