wild things

A course menu defined by the season’s wild bounty

Following 6 days of hunting, foraging and fishing - David Israelow and Kan Morieda collaborated to create a menu expressing their experience. The event marked the opening event for the Barn on Bushnell in Chatham, NY.
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Kan Morieda is a chef and restauranteur from Tokyo. His style is unique and eclectic. Kan spent time training in revered kitchens around the world, from Tetsuya’s in Sydney to the Mandarin Oriental and Kogetsu in Tokyo. After his training, Kan opened the popular Tokyo restaurant, Salmon & Trout. Kan has spent time traveling the world doing popups in every city he visits. This will be his first visit and popup in New York. @moriedakan

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a spring screening

A seasonal course menu accompanied by a screening of Anatomy of a Meal

At the end of April, David Israelow presented a seasonal tasting menu at the Tuck Hotel, a boutique hotel in Downtown LA. The event was produced by Chip City Entertainment. Following the meal the first episode in the docu-series, Anatomy of a Meal, was screened.

The film follows David Israelow as he spends a week fishing, farming and foraging to prepare for a popup dinner event in New York City. The process was documented and screened at the meal. The resulting footage is the basis of the film. To learn more about the film visit www.anatomyofameal.live.

Hosted at the Tuck Hotel || Photos by Matt Koulermos @koulermos


spring heritage in Tokushima

A collaboration celebrating local food and culture in a remote mountain village

In March, David Israelow travelled to Tokushima to meet with Kaz Egashira and Miki Ebina. Together, they explored local ingredients, heritage techniques and local cuisine. Inspired by their exploration and in collaboration with local specialists, they crafted a 5 component bento to serve to 100+ people for a local hanami celebration.

The event was hosted at a new community space renovated through the efforts of Kaz and Miki. They converted an obsolete kindergarten to provide a space for popup events showcasing local producers and products. This was the opening event.

Kaz Egashira and Miki Ebina (originally from Kyoto and Osaka) moved to the deep mountain region of Kisawa, Tokushima together in April of 2017. Through a governmental grant, they are employed by Naka-town as “regional energizers” of Kisawa. The former Kisawa Village (now merged as part of Naka-town), located in the southeastern foothills of Mt. Tsurugi, is possibly some of the most secluded mountain habitats of old Japan. 

Due to the area’s remote geography—most automobile roads leading up to the high-altitude villages were built during the 1960s and 70s—the utterly self-sufficient livelihoods of the villages remained largely untainted amidst the rapid industrialization experienced all across 20th century Japan. Villagers still grow a wide variety of traditional heirloom vegetables and grains that go back hundreds if not thousands of years.

Photos by David Israelow @davidistyle and TS Pfeffer @tspfeffer


early spring in Tokyo

David Israelow served a seasonal course menu at Salmon & Trout, in Tokyo

In April, David Israelow visited Japan and presented a seasonal tasting menu at Salmon & Trout in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo. Salmon & Trout was the first restaurant David trained at in Japan so it was fitting for his first Tokyo popup to be hosted at the restaurant. The event was covered by JIBTV in a segment on “Catch Japan” watch the episode (aired April, 2019)

Salmon & Trout is an intimate restaurant in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo. The proprietor, Shion Kakizaki, has relationships with fisherman and farmers. He himself travels annually to harvest indigenous fruits in remote areas in Japan. His focus on sourcing top notch ingredients is a focal point of the restaurant. Kouji Mikawa is utilizing these ingredients to create and express his menu. He has spent time working in famed Washoku restaurants in Tokyo and Hiroshima.

Hosted by Salmon & Trout || Photos By JIBTV


winter kaiseki in new york city

David Israelow and Yuuki Tanaka presented a seasonal kaiseki course menu in January.

The Chef’s Collective presented Winter Kaiseki in New York City.  A sold out event  hosted at Secchu Yokota.  The intimate restaurant was the perfect setting for our visiting chefs David Israelow and Yuuki Tanaka to present their collaborative seasonal kaiseki menu.  The menu highlighted locally sourced fish, wild vegetables preserved from the spring, and winter greenhouse growing in the Hudson Valley.  In the hands of our chefs, their unique expression represented the season, the locality and their collaborative efforts shined through.

Yuuki Tanaka is a Tokyo based chef and owner of Ise Sueyoshi.  A kappo kaiseki restaurant focused on ingredients from his hometown in Mie prefecture.  He spent 4 years cooking at famed kaiseki Ryotei Kikunoi before traveling to 16 countries in exploration of food and culture. Since then he has focused on his intimate restaurant to much acclaim.

Hosted at Secchu Yokota @secchuyokota || photos shot by Adam @ad.hoc


 
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japanese knife skills: the art of sashimi

Presented in early January at the International Culinary Center. Attended by students, instructors and other culinary professionals, Chefs David Israelow and Yuuki Tanaka demonstrated the way to prepare fish for sashimi.  The focus was on local seasonal fish, which were sourced and provided by Osakana, a Brooklyn based restaurant, fish market and educational center.  

The chefs demonstrated using striped bass, Black Sea bass, porgy and fluke.  They demonstrated filet techniques for flat and round fish.  After preparing the filets, they chefs demonstrated two styles of cutting sashimi for the plate.  

event page hosted by the International Culinary Center

blog entry from the International Culinary Center

article was posted by an attendee on JIJI (in Japanese).

Hosted at the International Culinary Center @iccedu || Photos By Arielle