• Sat
    11:00am - 12:30pmCornucopia (Whistler, Canada)

    Email: jj@osake.ca

    Sake Meets its Match

    This lunchtime session takes an adventurous approach to pairing sake with food. Masa Shiroki of Vancouver’s Artisan SakeMaker Inc. and wine personality David Scholefield will lead guests through a sampling of various styles of sake paired with Charcuterie and of course and sushi. The event promises to be a fun way to explore how one of humanity’s oldest alcoholic beverages is enhanced when paired with appropriate cuisine.

    David Scholefield – Scholefield Consulting

    Few in the wine industry need an introduction to David Scholefield. David is one of Canada’s most experienced and well-travelled wine personalities. His renowned palate, sharp wit and great passion for wine have established him as a much sought-after wine consultant, speaker, teacher and judge. David’s devotion to wine sustained him throughout his long career as senior wine buyer for the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB), where he earned a global reputation for his ability to shepherd allocations of the world’s finest wine onto the shelves of BC liquor stores. He currently consults to various groups, speaks at wine and food events, writes and judges at international wine competitions

    Masa Shiroki - Sake Master

    Mr. Masa Shiroki, a native Japanese and Canadian resident, founded an import and export business in BC in 1991. He has over 30 years of extensive trade and business experience in the international arena in both the private and the public sectors.

    In his wide array of industry exposures, he has focused his attention on the promotion of Japanese premium sake. He has been marketing imported sake in Canada since 2001 under the name of CMC Sake + Wine Merchants. He gives educational seminars on sake to groups of wine enthusiasts and professional sommeliers in BC and Alberta. He also helps wine and food writers with their articles on sake.

    He has appeared in a variety of media shows including The Chef At Large (Food Channel), City Cooks (City TV), The Shopping Bags (W Channel), Urban Rush (Shaw TV), Multi-Cultural TV (Channel M) and Radio Nippon (AM1320) and has extensively promoted premium sake by introducing pairing ideas with non-Japanese foods.

    Inspired by his ardent passion to advance sake’s popularity in Canada, he has taken an ultimate form of promotion by becoming the first person to produce sake in Canada. In January 2007, Mr. Shiroki opened Artisan SakeMaker at Granville Island, a commercial winery to produce premium sake from imported Japanese sake rice and sake yeast and British Columbia’s pure and soft water. Artisan SakeMaker’s products has been hailed by a number of wine professionals and general public and gained following from both local and out of BC and Canada sake enthusiasts. Mr. Shiroki’s interest in “natural and sustainable” product development recently gave birth to Kasu (sake-lees) and Kasu based condiments and brought excitement to progressive culinary professionals.

    He has since appeared in a variety of media coverage in news papers, magazines, radio shows and TV footage including The Early Edition (CBC Radio), The Tasting Room (AM1410), Living Vancouver (CBC), Saturday AM News (Global TV), L’épicerie (Radio-Canada), D’Est en Ouest (télévision TV5 Québec), Urban Rush (Shaw TV) and Tourism Canada’s promotional video.

    Mr. Shiroki holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

  • Fri
    ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTRE 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4

    3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4

    Contact name: Ashli Komaryk-De Lucio
    Tel. 604 430 3337


    A unique, multicultural collaboration between Masa Shiroki and the ICC

    The Italian Cultural Centre is proud to announce the special sake tasting and food pairing organized as part of the museum exhibit “Dalle vigne alla tavola / From the Vine to the Table”, exploring the winemaking tradition in the Italian-Canadian community in Vancouver.

    Local sakemaker Masa Shiroki, creator of the “Osake” brand and owner of the Granville Island-based sake-shop Artisan Sake Maker (www.osake.ca), will unveil the secrets of sake, the Japanese “rice wine” as he leads this truly multicultural event - each of the 6 sakes will be paired with an exquisite western (Italian inspired) dish especially studied by ICC Chef Lisa Gervais with Masa Shiroki.

    The event will be held in the museum il Museo at the Italian Cultural Centre on Friday November 20, 2009, at 7:00 pm. Tickets are on sale now for $55.00 (for ICC members) or $63.00 (for non-members), and registration will be open until Tuesday November 17. The museum exhibit will close on November 28, following the “Italian Wine Pairing Dinner” food and wine pairing extravaganza on Wednesday November 25 led by wine experts Carmen D’Onofrio (stilewines.com) and Giorgio Castiglioni (www.italianvino.ca). Tickets are on sale for this delicious food and wine pairing experience through the Italian Cultural Centre.

    If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Ashli Komaryk-De Lucio, please call 604 430 3337.

    Sake tasting and Italian food pairing - FOR IMMEDIATE RE