Delicious Little Tokyo 2017

A Weekend of Culinary Experiences in the Heart of LA!

Friday, July 21 – Sunday, July 23

Go Little Tokyo for a weekend of delicious food and drinks harvested from the streets of Little Tokyo! Delicious Little Tokyo invites all foodies to experience the vast area of cuisines that the restaurants of Little Tokyo have to offer.

The festivities run from Friday (7/21) to Sunday (7/23), and feature selected Little Tokyo restaurants offering special menu items, giveaways, demonstrations and workshops. Come explore the culinary gems of Little Tokyo with your family and friends!

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Let Go Little Tokyo be your neighborhood guide! View the Little Tokyo Food Guide, Schedule of Events and a listing of future events in Little Tokyo for the rest of the summer season in the Delicious Little Tokyo Event Passport.

Pick up a hard copy on Saturday & Sunday, July 22 & 23 at:

 

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Sake at First Street North with the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC)

Eat, drink & be charitable! Join the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) for the 11th Annual Sake & Food Tasting Event, Sake at First Street North. Taste & savor bites from over 15 top Los Angeles restaurants, paired with a sampling of over 50 sake from different regions in Japan provided by Mutual Trading Co., Inc. The LTSC’s largest fundraiser is a highly-anticipated evening you won’t want to miss.

Friday, July 21st at  7:00 – 10:00 PM at LA City Parking Lot 7, 160 N Central Ave.

$100 General Admission. Must be 21 years or older to attend.

Floral Centerpiece Workshop with Kuragami Little Tokyo Florist

Our favorite florist hosts another hands-on flower arrangement workshop! From date night to birthdays, learn from second generation florist veteran and owner of Kuragami Little Tokyo Florist, how to make a beautiful, effortless floral centerpiece for any special occasion. Fresh flowers, vase and materials will be provided.

Saturday, July 22nd at 10:00 – 11:00 AM at Kuragami Little Tokyo Florist, 333 Alameda St #110.

$10 cash materials fee paid upon entry, pre-registration required. Cash only. Limited to 15 participants, few spots available for walk-up registration, first come, first served. 

 

Poke & Tea Tasting with Snociety

Offering a selection of eight of the freshest proteins and seasoned with your choice of six of the tastiest homemade sauces, join Snociety for a special Delicious Little Tokyo poke tasting! Wash it all down with a sampling of their refreshing iced teas, milk teas and infused lemonades perfect to beat the summer heat.

Saturday, July 22nd at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Snociety, 330 E 2nd Street Suite C

$10 cash admission due upon entry, pre-registration required. Cash only. Limited to 15 participants, few spots available for walk-up registration, first come, first served. All ages welcome!

 

Kyaraben (Character Bento) Demo with Anime For Humanity

Kyaraben is a style of elaborately arranged bento (Japanese boxed lunch) that features food decorated to look like people, characters from popular media, animals, and plants. Join non-profit organization and anime enthusiasts, Anime for Humanity, for a fun, unique food demonstration on creating a beautiful bento box with food designs inspired by your favorite animations!

Saturday, July 22nd at 12:00 – 1:00 PM at Far East Lounge, 353 East 1st Street

FREE admission, donations accepted, pre-registration required. Limited to 20 participants, few spots available for walk-up registration, first come, first served. All ages welcome!

 

LIVE Bento Box Demo with TABLE FOR TWO

Learn how to pack a lunch that is both delicious and adorable with TABLE FOR TWO USA, a non-profit organization that promotes healthy eating and helps hungry children around the world. Watch this LIVE cooking demonstration taught by former “Mrs. Japan” and now cooking instructor of  Wa-Shokuiku “Learn. Cook. Eat Japanese!” to learn how to create kawaii (cute) characters to liven up your bento box!

Saturday, July 22nd at 1:00 – 2:00 PM at the Japanese Village Plaza Stage, 335 E 2nd St

FREE admission. All ages welcome!

 

Sushi-Making Workshop with Mitsuru Sushi & Grill

Learn the history and art, proper form and technique of hand-rolling the perfect sushi from Little Tokyo legacy business owner of Mitsuru Sushi & Grill and Master Sushi Chef, Mamoru Hanamura. This hands-on sushi-making workshop will share his over 40 years of experience in the Little Tokyo neighborhood through four different rolls: classic California Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Veggie Roll and Salmon Skin Roll. All materials will be provided.

Saturday, July 22nd at 2:00 – 3:00 PM at Mitsuru Sushi & Grill, 316 E 1st St

$15 cash materials fee due upon entry, pre-registration required. Cash only. Limited to 15 participants, few spots available for walk-up registration, first come, first served. 

 

Delicious Little Latte Art Workshop with Cafe Dulce

Created by pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso, learn from award-winning latte artist and local Cafe Dulce barista, Eugene Lee, in a hands-on lesson on creating the perfect free pour design to top off your latte. All levels of pourers are welcome to try their hand at a heart, tulip and rosetta design. All proceeds from this workshop benefit the Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC). All materials will be provided.

Saturday, July 22nd at 3:00 PM & 4:00 PM at the Japanese Village Plaza Stage, 335 E 2nd St

$10 cash donation per person paid upon entry, pre-registration required. Cash only. Limited to 6 participants per time slot, few spots available for walk-up registration, first come, first served.

 

Spam Musubi Demo with Aloha Cafe

Join Aloha Cafe for a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a classic Spam musubi, composed of a slice of grilled Spam on top of a block of rice, wrapped together with nori in the tradition of Japanese omusubi. Experience a taste of Hawaii right in our own backyard with one of the best Hawaiian restaurants in Los Angeles!

Saturday, July 22nd, 3:30 – 4:30 PM at Aloha Cafe, 410 E 2nd St

$5 cash materials fee due upon entry, pre-registration required. Cash only. Limited to 15 participants, few spots available for walk-up registration, first come, first served. 

 

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Historical Food Walking Tour with Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS)

Join the Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) on a journey through Little Tokyo’s culinary past with a guided walking tour of historical food landmarks found in the neighborhood. From the first fortune cookie to the first ramen noodle restaurant in the United States, visit stops featured in LTHS’ 2018 calendar, and get a commemorative calendar free!

Saturday, July 22nd, 5:00 – 6:00 PM; meet at the OOMO CUBE, 100 S Central Ave

$15 cash donation per person paid upon entry, pre-registration requiredCash only. Limited to 20 participants, few spots available for walk up registration, first come, first served.

 

Delicious Little Tokyo Latte Art Throwdown

Go Little Tokyo and Cafe Dulce presents the inaugural Delicious Little Tokyo Latte Art Throwdown! Professional baristas from all over Los Angeles will go head to head to compete for the crown in a winner takes all, best freestyle latte art battle. Participants will be judged by the contrast, symmetry and difficulty of pour.

Saturday, July 22nd, 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Japanese Village Plaza Stage, 335 E 2nd St

$10 registration per participant. Cash only. Limited to 32 participants. Walk up registration only! Register at Japanese Village Plaza Stage on Saturday, July 22nd, 10:00 AM – 4:50 PM. Questions? Email info@golittletokyo.com.

 

 

Kawaii Sushi Felting Workshop with Opodz

Join local DTLA collaborative co-working space, Opodz, for a beginners needle felting workshop! Students will learn the basics of crochet and create adorable, stuffed sushi figures. Felters of all levels are welcome, especially beginners!  This workshop uses felting needles and for safety, is designed for beginner felters aged 10 years or older. All materials will be provided.

Sunday, July 23rd, 10:30 – 11:30 AM at Opodz, 362 E 2nd St

$5 cash materials fee due upon entry, pre-registration required. Cash only. Limited to 30 participants, few spots available for walk up registration, first come, first served.

 

Onigiri Workshop with TABLE FOR TWO

Learn to make Rice Ball Characters, a fun and creative take on onigiri — the most popular Japanese snack! Onigiri is a healthy staple in Japanese cuisine and an important part of the culture.  It comes in many flavors and is sold by practically every convenience store in Japan. This hands-on food education class is organized by Wa-Shokuiku “Learn. Cook. Eat Japanese!” team of TABLE FOR TWO USA, a non-profit organization that promotes healthy eating and helps hungry children around the world.

Sunday, July 23rd, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) Cultural Room, 244 S San Pedro St, Fifth Floor

$15 cash materials fee due upon entry, pre-registration required. Limited to 30 participants, few spots available for walk up registration, first come, first served. All ages welcome!

 

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Beginners `Ukulele Classes with U-SPACE

Join the Jam with USPACE‘s `Ukulele Discovery Jam-Along, an interactive learning and play-along experience for beginners starting on their `ukulele journey. `UKE On with easy, familiar tunes and songs led by `ukulele all-star, Jason Arimoto. *Loaner instruments available on-site in our full-service `ukulele store. Join us for some four-stringed fun!

Sunday, July 23rd at 1:00 PM, 2:15 PM & 3:30 PM at U-SPACE, 244 S San Pedro St, First Floor

FREE beginner’s ukulele workshop led by blues-ukulele artist and educator, Jason ArimotoPre-registration required. Limited to 10 participants per time slot, few spots available for walk-up registration, first come, first served. All ages welcome!

 

“Furoshiki” Japanese Cloth Wrapping Workshop with the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) and Bunkado

Learn the art of “furoshiki” cloth wrapping from master furoshiki wrapper, and Director of Service Programs at the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), Mike Murase, who can wrap just about anything! Hear about the history of these traditional Japanese wrapping cloths, and try your hand at this eco-friendly, fashionable option to package your lunch boxes, bottles and other gifts. Furoshiki will be provided by local Japanese goods store, Bunkado.

Sunday, July 23rd at 1:00 – 2:00 PM at Far East Lounge, 353 East 1st Street

FREE admission, pre-registration required. Limited to 20 participants, few spots available for walk-up registration, first come, first served. All ages welcome!

 

Cocktail Demo with Wolf & Crane

Join Little Tokyo’s neighborhood highball bar, Wolf & Crane, for a lesson in mixology. Learn a few tips and tricks from these Japanese whiskey experts on how to concoct a perfect cocktail and have a sip (or two) of their favorites: Grandma Sue’s Gin and Tonic, Tokyo to Manhattan and Yoshi’s Island. You will also learn how to make the limited Delicious Little Tokyo coffee cocktail special in collaboration with Cafe Dulce! Then, stay for Sunday happy hour with $5 drink specials into the night.

Sunday, July 23rd, 2:30 – 3:30 PM at Wolf & Crane Bar, 366 E 2nd St

FREE admission. Limited to 20 participants, few spots available for walk-up registration, first come, first served. Must be 21 years or older to attend.

 

Japanese Tea Ceremony with Tea Master of Little Tokyo

Experience the beautiful, choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha, in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony led by renowned Team Master Nishimura of the Edo Senke LA Fuhaku-kai School. Learn the art of making matcha provided by local green tea store, Tea Master of Little Tokyo and enjoy Japanese treats provided by Fugetsu-Do to the sounds of koto (traditional Japanese stringed musical instrumentmusician, Yukiko Matsuyama.

Sunday, July 23rd, 3:30 – 4:00 PM at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) Cultural Room, 244 S San Pedro St, Fifth Floor

$5 cash materials fee due upon entry, pre-registration required. Limited to 30 participants, few spots available for walk-up registration, first come, first served.

 

Pizza-Making Workshop with Baldoria

Get with the laissez faire lifestyle with a pizza lesson from the pros at Baldoria! From strawberries to octopus, get inspired by their menu selection and grab a friend to share bites of custom pizza creations. Each hands-on pizza-making experience is paired with a delicious glass of vino or choose from a variety of non-alcoholic options.

Sunday, July 23rd, 4:00 – 5:00 PM at Baldoria, 243 S San Pedro St

$20 cash materials fee due upon entry, pre-registration required. Cash only. Limited to 10 participants, few spots available for walk-up registration, first come, first served.

 

 

Go car-free and take the Metro Gold Line! Exit at the Little Tokyo / Arts District Station. Plan your trip by viewing the Metro Gold Line Map & Schedule.

 

For parking options visit www.golittletokyo.com/map and select PARKING.

 

 


 

Delicious Little Tokyo is brought to you by Go Little Tokyo, a Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) neighborhood marketing campaign developed and produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS) and made possible with support from Metro Los Angeles, produced in collaboration with the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC).

 

Thank you to all of our Community Partners!

Aloha CafeAnime For Humanity, BaldoriaBunkadoCafe DulceKuragami Little Tokyo FloristLittle Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS), Little Tokyo VibesMitsuru Sushi & GrillOpodz, SnocietyTABLE FOR TWO USATea Master of Little TokyoU-SPACEWolf & Crane

published on March 2, 2017
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