Wine & Dine: Japanese & Sake

This month for our Wine & Dine dinner, we highlighted Japanese cuisine and sake. It was a great, refreshing dinner that was perfect for the gorgeous weather we got in Chicago. Below was our menu, along with the sake we had for our tasting.

Japanese Seaweed Salad from Christina
Zucchini Salad with Miso Dressing made by Teresa
Sesame Spinach Salad from Shirley
Assorted Vegetable Maki Rolls &
Shrimp Spring Rolls from Christina
Grilled Teriyaki Salmon made by John
Spicy Scallop Maki made by Joelen
California Maki made by Joelen
Mango & Green Tea Mochi from Lynney

Oggi of I Can Do That!
Chicken Wings with Chestnuts

Below are the specific sakes we had for our tasting, all from Gekkeikan:

Traditional Sake - This sake can be served warmed, at room temperature or chilled. It's aged for approximately 6 months for a mellow flavor.

Haiku Premium Select Sake - This sake had a slow fermentation at a low temperature. AS a result, this sake has a slightly dry flavor and had an aroma of apples. It's best to serve chilled or over ice.

Black & Gold Sake - This sake has a smooth, mellow flavor and can be served warm, at room temperature or chilled. The shape of the bottle is known as a traditional "tokkuri" bottle that was used to purchase sake many years ago.


  1. Looks great. Quite a healthy spread too!

  2. Seriously Joelen, this is why i have to move back to chicago so I can crash your incredible food and wine and cooking club gtgs. My god I drool every time.

  3. yum for japanese!! these dishes look great :)

    i tried to stomach some sake the other weekend because our hotel in DC delivered some to our room...but i just couldn't get down with it. maybe some day!