Japanese Chef Line up

Toshi has a network of Japanese friends who are chef-owners of popular restaurants in Japan specialized in Japan’s comfort food.

There are 15 chefs flying in this time. Here is the menu from each restaurant.

Ashibi – Yakiniku/Japanese style BBQ   

Goh – Thai Curry/Japanese version of Thai Curry

Bincho Hitsumabushi – Unagi/BBQed Eel

Kyomin – Tonkotsu Ramen 

Tomoya – Okonomiyaki/Savory Japanese Pancake

Maruya – Tonkatsu/Pork cutlet

Up Roll Cafe – Sushi Burrito/Salmon

  • Sushi Den Team – Sushi Handrolls (Tuna Handroll, Yellowtail Handroll, Salmon Handroll, Cucumber Handroll, Avocado Handroll)


Denver Chef Line Up

These are our Denver Chef friends in town whom we admire and respect.

This year, these chefs are joining our fundraiser to help to restore our beloved Kumamoto Castle damaged from devastating earthquake 2016 that hit our home county in southern Japan.

This year, we have also chosen Denver’s charity, We Don’t Waste, innovative food recovery organization reducing food waste.

June 26th(tue)

Paul C. Reilly

Paul is the chef-owner of Beast that brings “Farm focused food” and Coperta. And it brings “The food and wine of Rome and southern Italy”. It is all about Italy!

Menu – Saffron Arancini with Spiced Lamb

Jon Lavelle 

Executive chef Jon Lavelle and his team offer the menu in line with the well-defined vision of good, locally sourced eating that has long been the principal motivation for restaurant owners. Having started with Avanti burger joint American Grind, the group has committed to providing the community with real food since their food-truck origins. The menu focuses on ingredients that are not only local but many that are indigenous to Colorado.

Menu Roasted Sirloin, Miso Romesco, charred scallion and avocado

Michelle Garcia

Michelle is the chef-owner of 5-year-old boutique catering company. Her mentor is Anthony Bourdain.

     “I would like to see people more aware of where their food comes from. I would like to see small farmers empowered. I feed my daughter almost exclusively organic food.” 
~Anthony Bourdain

Menu – Mexican Chocolate Braised Sticky Bun, Asian slaw with sesame hoisin and pickled daikon

June 27th(wed)

Alex Seidel

Alex is the recipient of “James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Southwest and the chef-owner of Fruition Restaurant, Mercantile Dining & Provision, Füdmill as well as Fruition Farms Creamery.

MenuBeet and Tuna Poke with sesame shrimp balls, avocado and seaweed (Gluten-Free)

Troy Guard

Troy is the chef-owner of TAG,  Guard and Grace as well as Mister Tuna and so many more restaurants.
Troy has lived in Japan and southeast Asia and he brings a unique understanding of the street food in Asia.

Menu Huli Huli Chicken with Kimchi Spam fried rice

Chris Teigland and Ariana Pope

These 2 young, upcoming executive chefs manage Balistreri Vineyard’s kitchen and run lunches and many winery’s wine dinner events and parties. Please note, the 3 items below can be made Gluten Free upon request.

o grilled pork belly and apricots with “elote” aioli

o grilled shrimp and grilled scallop with sesame ginger glaze

o grilled pineapple skewers with basil-honey

  • Grilled Vegetables, Gluten-Free, available upon request.

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