Toniite was the kickoff event for the opening of the new Morimoto restaurant called Tribeca Canvas on Church St. The event was held in the Varick Room and sponsored by Kikkoman Inc.
It was cocktails and hors d'oevres, hamachi tacos, tuna tartare, shrimp gyoza, unagoavo rolls, spicy tuna rolls, brownies with chestnut foam and the highlight soba with tuna.
The party moved into the theatre for a pre-film sake ceremony. Morimoto and the CEO of Kikkoman took wooden hammers and broke open the sake drum. All attendees were given sake boxes and toasted to the new Tribeca Canvas restaurant, the film , and to Kikkoman.
They then showed a short fascinating documentary on Kikkoman Soy Sauce Company. It will air on the web Dec 24 at www.kiikomanusa.com ( I think i remembered that correctly). The film was quite interesting, I did not realize that the Kikkoman company has been around for 100's of years and that the Emperor of Japan chose Kikkoman's soy sauce as the soy sauce he prefers. They showed how they were the first Japanese company to open a factory in the US. They opened in Wisconsin. I never realized how much went into making soy sauce. How color, aroma flavor and umami are very so important. That it must ferment for 6 months and they show the vats bubbling. The factory was very environmentally friendly, and the byproducts like the oil was used to lubricate the machines and the left over cake was used to feed the livestock.
Chef Morimoto-san demonstrated with expertise how to break down a tuna. He pointed out how to tell if the tuna was cared for correctly by the fishermen and then afterward. he skillfully broke the una down to eventually small sashimi slices and made a nice little tuna floret. Simultaneously the chef from Soba Totto was making soba from scratch. This soba master first added green tea to the mixture and then proceeded to mix and then make a ball of soba and roll it out. Constantly moving with two rollers then cutting it into noodles. Quite a great demonstration. Afterward they served the soba tuna to everyone, it was very delicious.
I look forward to dining at Tribeca Canvas, on the same block as Macao and Kori. I've attached some photos.