Yoko Isassi, founder of the educational Japanese feasting program Foodstory, will explore 1,000 years of sushi making on two nights in the coming weeks. On September 24th at West L.A.'s Nibei Foundation, then again on October 8th at Chinatown's Kleverdog, Issan will lead participants through the two-hour "Travel with Sushi" tour, using art works, maps, and history to detail the evolution and global spread of sushi, while also dealing out etiquette lessons that she promises will "coax a smile out of the Sushi Nazi himself." More importantly, Issan offers sushi-making workshops and plenty of examples of historic sushi for guests to eat. What might be served?
Speaking of Nozawa, Issan promises that the rare examples of sushi past will be provided by an established Japanese restaurant. Offerings will include varied sushi styles from different regions in Japan, leaf-wrapped kaiknoha sushi, pressed stick bo sushi, and hako boxed sushi, all examples that predate the Edo-Mae period style familiar to today's raw fish addicts.
On thing Issan is sure of? Even the most dedicated sushi fans won't find these styles in your typical L.A. spot, whether upscale, in the strip mall, or on wheels.
For more details and to reserve a place, keep your eye on FoodStory's website, where $60 tickets will go on-sale tomorrow.