• Sat
    14
    Nov
    2009
    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
    20
    Nov
    2009
    ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTRE 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4

    ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTRE
    3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4
    www.italianculturalcentre.ca

    Contact name: Ashli Komaryk-De Lucio
    Tel. 604 430 3337
    culturaldirector@italianculturalcentre.ca

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    SAKE TASTING AND FOOD PAIRING AT THE ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTRE
    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

  • Tue
    09
    Nov
    2010
    8:15pm to 10:15pmShuraku Japanese Bistro, 833 Granville St. Vancouver
  • Tue
    28
    Feb
    2012
    17:30 – 19:00572 Davie Street (at Seymour St.) Downtown Vancouver

    Artisan SakeMaker at Granville Island invites you to a fun and informative sake tasting event with a guest appearance of Japan's respected sakemaker's principal,Hiromitsu Toshimori, of Sake Hitosuji located in western region of Okayama, Japan.

    Date: Tuesday February 28, 2012

    Time: 17:30 – 19:00

    Place: JUNO VANCOUVER SUSHI BISTO

    572 Davie Street (at Seymour St.) Downtown Vancouver

    604-568-8805 www.junobistro.ca

    Menu: Tuna and Spinach Goma-ae paired with Nanzanju Dai Ginjo

    Chicken Karaage paired with Bizen Junmai Ginjo

    Beef Tataki paired with Jungin Black Junmai Ginjo

    Toro Nigiri and Chicken Liver Nigiri paired with Junmai Koshu 2005

    SakeKasu plum infused Cake paired with Junbaishu Plum Sake

    View Sake Menu

    Ticket: $40 (HST included)

    Format of the event: Casual and Seated

    Tickets are available at Artisan SakeMaker at Granville Island and JUNO Vancouver Sushi Bistro. Please call to reserve a seat or pick up a ticket at Artisan SakeMaker or JUNO. Payments can be made by credit cards by phone or debit cards and cash in person.

    Artisan SakeMaker at Granville Island (Commercial Winery & Retail Store)

    1339 Railspur Alley Vancouver, B.C. / Canada V6H 4G9

    Tel: 604-685-7253 info@artisansakemaker.com

    http://www.artisansakemaker.com

    Home of Award-Winning “Best White Wines of 2012” Vancouver Magazine International Wine Competition

  • Sat
    06
    Oct
    2012
    7:30 - 9:30 pmCoast Coal Harbour Hotel, 1180 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C.

    Artisan SakeMaker (ASM) along with its sister company, CMC Sake + Wine merchants, will be participating in the 11th annual sake tasting event:

    Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012 

    Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm

    Place: Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, 1180 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C.

    Come and join us!  You will be tasting over 30 styles of premium sake from Japan and BC.   ASM will pour Junmai Sparking Sake and Junmai Nama. 

    See more details here: TG 2012 Sake Night

  • Wed
    19
    Dec
    2012
    18:00 - 21:002208 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

    Artisan SakeMaker is sponsoring the event, 2 Alchemists + 1 Tea Hunter, with Granville Island Osake.

    Tea, Cocktails & Tapas Workshop with Kale & Nori, featuring cocktails by Lauren Mote, and tapas by Chef Jonathan Chovancek. This is the ultimate how-to for using obsessively sourced teas by Tea Hunter Pedro Villalon; Lauren & Jonathan express "terroir" in lovingly crafted food and drinks. This is a monthly event, specializing in a different tea region each time. This month: JAPAN Location: 2208 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC. Time: Wednesday December 19, 18:00 - 21:00. Age: 19+.

    http://o5tea.com/shop/o5-tea-kale-nori-cocktails-tapas-and-tea-evening.html

  • Thu
    17
    Jan
    2013
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    25
    Feb
    2013
    Sun
    03
    Mar
    2013
  • Tue
    07
    May
    2013
    Victoria, BC

    The Union Club 
    https://www.unionclub.com/

    Osake Gourmet Dinner
    http://blog.unionclub.com/

  • Fri
    07
    Jun
    2013
  • Sat
    03
    Aug
    2013
    Sun
    04
    Aug
    2013
    11:30 am to 7 pmOppenheimer Park (400 Powell Street)

    Artisan Sake Maker and Orizée Natural Skin Carewill be a the 37th Annual Powell Street Festival! Come down and try our Sake Kasu & Sake Kasu inspired foods!

  • Tue
    08
    Oct
    2013

    It’s time to Harvest Sake Rice!!

    We proudly announce that we are going to harvest “locally grown” Sake Rice in Abbotsford this weekend. It’s only 45minutes drive on HWY#1 (exit 92-Mission/USA Border)

    Please feel free to come and enjoy. It is a rare chance to see a rice harvesting in Canada!

    Time: 13:00-17:00

    Address: 1356 Sumas Way in Abbotsford (behind “EcoDairy”) or 1420 Sumas Way (behind Ralph’s Empire)

  • Fri
    11
    Oct
    2013
    18:00 - 21:00The Coast Coal Harbour Hotel (1180 W. Hastings St)

    Tasting Night on the Saturday to fully round out their sake tasting experience. Please reserve your tickets early as we expect this unique experience will sell out quickly.
    Early bird tickets sell at $240.00 per person until midnight, Friday, September 13. Regular tickets will be $250.00.

    Full tables of 8 are also available at a special early bird price of $1,880.00 per table (a $15 per person savings over the regular individual ticket price) until Friday, September 13. Don’t wait.

    Charitable tax donation receipt of $125.00 per ticket or $1000.00 per table available.
    VIP Dinner Ticket Sets can be purchased by contacting Tonari Gumi or going on-line.

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  • Tue
    29
    Oct
    2013
    6:30 pm350 Carrall Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2J3

    Your invitation to our upcoming Sake Tasting Menu event featuring the boutique sake brewery Toshimori Shuzo's 'Sakehitosuji' brand on October 29th at 6:30pm.

    We are delighted to have local sake maker, Masa Shiroki, to guide you through this rare collection as chef Makoto Ono prepares a five-course tasting menu. RSVP at 604.620.9400.

    Click on image below for more details.

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  • Sat
    01
    Feb
    2014
    Granville Island

    palate promenade

    February 1, 2014

    Tickets available from dineoutvancouver.com

    Meet at The Granville Island Hotel, 1253 Johnston Street

    Ever wish you could go to Granville Island and just eat everything? Presented by Vancouver Foodster and Granville Island, this new event will allow you to do just that, well almost. Visit over 10 Island merchants including restaurants, breweries, Canada's only Sake distillery, butchers, bakers and more.

    Following your "passport" as your guide, you will enjoy bites, sips and samples as well as have a chance to meet the chefs, tour breweries and distilleries and discover more around the island.

    Participating merchants include some of the Granville Island's best including: Dockside Restaurant, Dockside Brewing Co., Bread Affair, ChocolaTas, Jackons Poultry, Artisan Sake Maker, Backstage Lounge, Oyama Sausage and more.

    Please arrive at the Granville Island Hotel early to allow time for registration.

    *includes food and beverage samples at participating locations. Tax and gratuities not included.

  • Sat
    15
    Feb
    2014
    Sun
    16
    Feb
    2014
    3pm - 4pmGranville Island

    winterruption

    February 15 - February 16
    Tickets available from brownpapertickets.com

    Join award-winning travel writer John Lee as he explores the “spiritual” side of Granville Island! Visit Dockside Brewery and Granville Island Brewing Company for tours and tastings; try locally made sake at Artisan Sake Maker, and at our newest addition to the social scene, Liberty Distillery, learn the art of distilling vodka, gin and whiskey.

  • Mon
    24
    Feb
    2014
    Sun
    02
    Mar
    2014
    Vancouver Convention Centre West

    vancouver international wine festival

    February 24 - March 2, 2014 (Festival)

    February 27, 28 (Trade Tasting)

    February 27, 28, March 1 (Festival Tasting)

    Tickets available from vanwinefest.ca

    We are excited to announce that Artisan SakeMaker will be participating in the 36th Annual Vancouver International Wine Festival again! Our booth # is 177!

    Tickets go on sale for public events at the 2014 Vancouver International Wine Festival, presented by the Vancouver Sun, on Tuesday, January 7 at 9:30 a.m. All ticket sales support VanWineFest’s charitable partner, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Tickets may be purchased online at VanWineFest.ca, in person at 305-456 West Broadway, or by phoning the box office at 604-873-3311 or toll-free at 1-877-321-3121. Tickets for Trade Days Conference, the wine business portion of the festival, go on sale to those in the food and beverage and hospitality industries on January 21.

    We look forward to meeting you there!

  • Sat
    05
    Apr
    2014
    Sun
    06
    Apr
    2014
    10:00 am - 5:00 pmVanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC)

    SDJF

    We will be participating in Sakura Days Japan Fair! At the event, we will be selling Orizee Skin Care products.

    Orizee is the first Canadian Natural Gluten Free Artisan Skin care line created with the enzymatic power of SakeKasu and uniquely formulated to maximize skin performance.

    Visit our table and try samples. We look forward to meeting you there!

    We will not be selling our sake at the event, however, Sake Association of BC will be holding sake seminars and you will get to try Artisan SakeMaker and CMC Sake + Wine Merchants' sake there! Don't forget to participate the seminar!

    Artisan SakeMakerはSakura Days ジャパンフェアに出展致します。

    会場では酒粕や米ぬかを利用したOrizeeスキンケア商品の販売を行う予定です。

    Orizee はお米を主体とした、一切化学物質 、一切化学物質を含まないスキンケアー製品としてカナダで誕生しました。お肌の潜在能力を最大限に引き出し、みずみずしく、透き通るように明るく、輝きのあるお肌にするために 肌にするために自然な原料だけで作ら
    れています。酒かす酵素の自然の力でお米に秘められた不老の力を解き放ち、ハーブがいっぱいの独自に作られた手造りのナチュラル・プロダクトです。

    皆様のお越しをお待ちしております!

    当日はお酒の販売はございませんが、酒アソシエーションBCによる日本酒セミナーにてArtisan SakeMakerとCMC Sake + Wine Merchantsのお酒のサンプリングが行われます。ぜひご参加くださいませ!

  • Sat
    04
    Oct
    2014
    7:00 pmThe Coast Coal Harbour Hotel

    TG-Sake-Night-2014-Poster_Rev-3On 4 October, show your love for sake and join Artisan Sake Maker for the 13th Annual Premium Sake Tasting Night. Organized in collaboration with Tonari gumi and the Sake Association of British Columbia, this event will give you the opportunity to try over 50 local and imported sakes and plum wines as well as apetizers from Vancouver’s top restaurants and food suppliers. A silent auction and a raffle with premium prizes will also take place.

    Don’t miss the biggest event of this kind in Western Canada!

    Price: Regular 80$/person – VIP (starting time 6:00pm) $115.00/person

    Tickets available in store. For more details or to get your ticket online, visit Tonari gumi’s website.

  • Fri
    24
    Oct
    2014
    7:00 pmO5, 2208 WEST 4TH AVENUE, VANCOUVER, BC

    Masa Shiroki is a master sake brewer and owner of Artisan Sake Maker on Granville Island. He will introduce guests to 5 different sakes and explain the nuances of brewing sake and more about his store and work! Expect tea pairings with the sakes.

    *Sake Tasting tickets can be purchased in advance from O5's website for $30. Guests have to be 19+ to purchase tickets.

  • Sun
    16
    Nov
    2014
    11:00 amWhistler Conference Centre

    Sake is ubiquitous in lower mainland sushi bars, but few of us have taken the time to learn about the depth and diversity of sake available from Japan, much less to explore the sake made right here in BC.  This primer on rice wine is hosted by artisan sake maker Masa Shiroki, the current president of the Sake Association of British Columbia.  Guests will taste samples of sake from different regions and get insider advice on culinary pairings that will make your taste buds swoon.

    * Attendees will sample a broad selection of 9 Sakes

  • Fri
    20
    Feb
    2015
    Sun
    01
    Mar
    2015
    Vancouver Convention Centre

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    More information to come soon!

  • Sat
    01
    Aug
    2015
    Sun
    02
    Aug
    2015
    4:30 pmPowell street area

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    Are you ready for the Powell Stree Festival this weekend? WE ARE! For our exciting return this year we will be selling a new flavour of ice cream - merry cranberry!

    All of the following items will be availible at Powell Street Festival:

    - 4 flavours of Rice cream: ginger, chocolate, raisin and cranberry....
    - BC rice Northen Lite: brown and white
    - Apple-Yuzu drink

    All are alcohol free! Bring everyone! We will see you there!

     

     

  • Sat
    10
    Oct
    2015
    7:00 pmCoast Coal Harbour Hotel

    TG Sake Night 2015 Poster 4

    • Tonari Gumi’s 14th Annual Premium Sake Tasting Night with Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, October 10, 2015 inTG Sake Night 2015 Poster 1 1 the main ballroom at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel at 1180 West Hastings in Vancouver, B.C.   The main Premium Sake Tasting and silent auction will take place from 7:00 pm until 9:30 pm.
    • Regular price tickets are $75 each.   Special VIP Ticket Packages which include an exclusive VIP Sake Tasting Seminar with an opportunity to taste some sakes that are not available in Canada, exclusive VIP gifts and advance access to the main Premium Sake Tasting Night venue are available for $95 each. The number of Special VIP Ticket Packages is limited to 40 packages only.
    • Those with the Special VIP Ticket Packages will have their evening start at 6:00 pm with an exclusive VIP Sake Tasting Seminar and then early access to the main Premium Sake Tasting and Silent Auction at 6:45 pm.
    • All tickets are by advance purchase only. All tickets are available until 5:00 pm, Friday, October 9, 2014 or until sold out. You may purchase your tickets directly at Tonari Gumi (the Japanese Community Volunteers Association) by phoning (604) 687-2172 or visiting 101 – 42 West 8th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V5Y 1M7 or online below:
  • Thu
    25
    Feb
    2016
    Sat
    27
    Feb
    2016
    Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place

    VIWF

    Tasting

    Mark you calendar! We will be participating in the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2016 from Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th, as the ONLY SAKE WINERY FROM CANADA! We will be serving at the tasting room all day long... as long as the room runs! Pouring schedule as the following:

    Thursday, February 25, 7-10 p.m.
    Friday, February 26, 7-10 p.m.

    Saturday, February 27, 2:30-5 p.m.
    Saturday, February 27, 7-10 p.m.
    (please visit the VIWF website for full details http://www.vanwinefest.ca/page532.htm)


    We will be proudly serving our Traditional Method Sparkling Sake - MIRAI, and the freshly 2016 released Junmai Nigori Sparkling Sake. Here is a quick look to keep you excited:

     

    MIRAI - Traditional Method Sparkling Sake

    North America's "First" Champagne method Sake

    Take-2

    As one of our always popular product the Mirai (Future in Japanese) is beautifully crafted with an additional in-bottle fermentation that gives an extra touch of character and lots of bubble! Bright tropical fruit aromas and fine mousse on dry finish, pair extremely well with seafood, charcuterie and cheeses. Authenticity with innovation.

     

    2016 released Junmai Nigori Sparkling Sake

    Junmai Nigori Sparkling

    Here comes something new to brighten the beginning of the year of 2016... a new unfiltered, cloudy sparkling sake Nigori Sparkling! The unfiltered rice sediments give extra richness in texture, following with subtle citrus flavor and a semi-dry finish. Spicy wings, sweet & sour pork will be the pairing buddies. Light and delightful.

  • Sat
    03
    Sep
    2016
    Sun
    04
    Sep
    2016
    Nikkei Place

    http://nikkeimatsuri.nikkeiplace.org/

  • Thu
    29
    Sep
    2016
    Fri
    30
    Sep
    2016
    6:30pm - 9:30The Imperial

    We are very excited to be organizing and participating in the very first annual Vancouver Sake Fest on September 29th at the Imperial! It's not too late to grab early bird tickets for 40$ at our shop and get a coupon for a free trio, or online on sakebc.ca before August 31st. We will be serving sake for trade and consumer tasting. Come experience the Pacific North West sake takeover!

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    sakefest press release

  • Sat
    29
    Oct
    2016
    7pm-10pmCoast Coal Harbour Hotel

    Join us for a night of sake and music at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, celebrating Tonari Gumi's Spirits of Japan's 15th year anniversary. Costumes are encouraged!

  • Wed
    25
    Jan
    2017
    6pm-10pmGranville Island Hotel, 1253 Johnston Street

    As part of the Dine Out Vancouver experience, Vancouver Foodster has organized an extraordinary night of art, eating and drinking on Granville Island. Visit resident artists, local producers of beer and spirits, and taste dishes from several of the island restaurants at some of Granville Island’s finest restaurants, breweries and distilleries.

    Following your “passport” as your guide, you will enjoy dishes, bites, sips as well as have a chance to meet the artists, chefs, tour breweries, a distillery and discover more around the island.

    Tickets are still available here! Don't miss out!

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  • Thu
    16
    Feb
    2017
    Sat
    18
    Feb
    2017
  • Sat
    08
    Apr
    2017
    Sun
    09
    Apr
    2017
    VanDusen Gardens

    Looking forward toSakura Days Japan Fair at VanDusen Gardens on April 8 and 9. We will be pouring our own Artisan Sparkling and Renaissance as well as amazing new products from Japan. “Fisherman” for fish lovers; “Cowboy” fore meat lovers. Visit us and enjoy perfect food and sake pairings under the cherry blossoms!