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AAPI Happy Hour Series at Sushi-san

AAPI Heritage Month Happy Hour at Sushi-san

Cheers! Join us for Happy Hour

May is AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Heritage Month which celebrates the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements. In honor of AAPI Heritage Month this May, Sushi-san in River North is proud to highlight the heritage and personal stories from our partners in the AAPI community. Throughout the month, guests can enjoy special features from the House of Suntory and Wine of Japan (importer of Kitanishi Shuzo, Hayashi Honten, and Nihonkai Shuzo). Every Monday – Friday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, enjoy drink specials including a high ball of your choice (whisky, vodka or gin) as well as 3 oz. pours of sake for $10, plus tax (gratuity not included).  
To learn more about Sushi-san’s May Happy Hour Series, click here.
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Daniel Bennett, Certified Sake Professional

Meet Daniel Bennett, Certified Sake Professional and Manager of Sushi-san and The Omakase Room at Sushi-san at Lettuce Entertain You. As our go-to expert, Daniel and the Sushi-san team are proud to feature the following partners throughout May:



Suntory Highball

Most people these days have heard about Japanese whisky and the popular Japanese highball. It turns out we owe a great deal of thanks to one person. A young businessman named Shinjiro Torii who saw the exciting opportunities that were beginning at the turn of the century. His upstart Torii’s whisky, when mixed with seltzer water, would be the humble beginnings of Suntory. Today, Suntory is one of the most successful companies in Japan with a global reach filling glasses around the world.

Be sure to stop by on Monday, May 15 to meet special guest, Matthew Jannotta, Beam-Suntory ambassador, who will be at Sushi-san hosting a tasting for guests on select House of Suntory spirits.



Bottle of Bunraka from Sushi-san

Bunraku (Kitanishi Shuzo) is now being run by Ryuichiro and Mayuko Kitanishi (the Kitanishi Siblings). Their namesake “Bunraku” becomes apparent when enjoying their sake. Bunraku is a major form of Noh theater in Japan that features artisan-made puppets (Kabuki is also a Noh tradition). The playful lightness of their sake tells a story that is a show unto itself.



Hayashi bottle of sake

Hayashi Honten is truly a family business led by 5th generation owner/toji Reiko Hayashi. She knew that she would become one of the rare female master brewers at an early age. In her kindergarten yearbook when asked about what she wanted to be when she grew up she exclaimed “to become a sake brewer!” With her incredible Hyakujuro sake series, she has exceeded the promise she made to herself all those years ago.



Fishermans Sake

Nihonkai’s Ryoshizake (“Fisherman sake”) and sushi are a perfect pairing. Fishermen near the Sea of Japan can be on a catch for weeks at a time. They don’t pack too much food, and why would you when you have all the fresh sashimi you can eat. There is no wasabi, ginger, or soy and you are lucky if you bring your chopsticks from home. There is always plenty of Ryoshizake, which has all the salinity and umami to highlight the freshest of catches.

Want to learn more about Sake? Sake Sommelier, Daniel Bennett breaks down why you should try Sake. 

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