Japan and the U.S. – The Most Important Bilateral Relationship

 

Thursday, May 21st, 6:00 PM

 

The Chairman of Hartford Insurance K.K. (ハートフォード生命), also an Honorary Consul General of Japan to the U.S., Gregory Boyko will present “Japan and the U.S. – The Most Important Bilateral Relationship,” at Maeda Sushi.  Mr. Boyko will speak about range of topics including historical and current events, and his personal experience in Japan – some of which has been chronicled in his monthly column on the Japanese business daily Nikkei Shinbun.  Maeda Sushi Restaurant will then serve up a special course dinner designed for this occasion.

 

Maeda Sushi is always trying to be a place where our cultures meet, through our cuisine, and sometimes through special events.  This time, it will take an academic turn, featuring someone who truly connects the U.S. and Japan, or Connecticut and Japan, both culturally and in business.  Mr. Boyko started and ran the Japan operation of The Hartford as the CEO of Hartford Insurance K.K. until recent retirement from The Hartford in the U.S.  We are honored to have such a distinguished businessman with immense knowledge and interest in Japanese culture as our guest in this still new series.

 

Please RSVP; seating is limited.

 

Special Dinner with Greg Boyko

When:  May 21st, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Where:  Maeda Sushi Restaurant, 530 Bushy Hill Rd, Simsbury, CT 06070

Cost:  $50 per person (includes course dinner; not including drinks, tax & gratuity)

 

To reserve, please call Maeda Sushi; (860) 651-4100, or e-mail maedasushi@att.net.

Your credit card number will be required for a reservation.

 

Mr. Gregory A. Boyko

Mr. Gregory A. Boyko

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gregory A. Boyko

Mr. Boyko recently retired from The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. after a long career in various roles including Chief Financial Officer of Hartford Life and Chairman and CEO of Hartford Life International.

Boyko is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut School of Law. He also holds a number of professional degrees, including the Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Life Underwriter, and Chartered Financial Consultant designations.

He is an Honorary Consul General for Japan, a member of the Connecticut and American Bar Associations, the Connecticut Society of CPA’s, Director of the Japan Society of New York, member of the International Committee of the American Council of Life Insurers, a director of the World Affairs Council of Connecticut, a member of the Hartford Metro Chamber of Commerce, a corporator of Hartford’s St. Francis Hospital, a member of the St. Francis Foundation Board of Directors, and a member of the Mark Twain House and Museum Board of Directors.

 

Thank you, to all the people who came to our “Dinner with Lynita Shimizu”.

I hope everyone had as great a time as we did with woodblock print artist, Lynita Shimizu, who’s engaging personality comes through her art, but even better in person.  All the customers had a chance to make a print of their own.  We got a peek into how Ms. Shimizu’s art derived from centuries old Japanese technique.  Many customers were familiar with her work as they grace Maeda Sushi’s walls.  As for the dinner, it seemed “Una-Tama,” the steamed egg with eel, with ankake sauce was the hit of the night, with the very healthy, soy sheet rolled mountain yam with vinegar gelee coming in at close second.  Late at night, even our staff got their hands on the “baren” and pressed a few prints.

Again, we’d like to thank everyone who came, and Lynita-san, for a wonderful night.

 

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MENU for Dinner with Lynita Shimizu

(Please understand that this menu may change due to availability of ingredients)

 

Standing…during Ms. Shimizu’s presentation

 

Hors d’oeuvre                     Tori no Karaage

 

                                                Edamame

 

                                                Shumai

 

                                                Sasa-Zushi:  Salmon  and whitefish sushi wrapped in bamboo leaf

 

 

At the table…

 

Steamed:                              Una-Tama (eel & egg) with Bekkou Ankake sauce

 

Vinegar:                                Vegetables and Yamaimo (Japanese yam)

                                                with Tosa-vinegar geleé

 

Sushi:                                     Five Pieces

 

Dessert:                                Ice Cream

Dear valued customers,

 

Please join us for a special dinner with Lynita Shimizu, the woodblock print artist.  We have received many praises about the beautifully sanguine woodblock prints that decorate the walls of Maeda Sushi.  We invited the artist responsible for all the work, to share the stories behind her unique art that combines centuries-old Japanese technique with Pennsylvanian sensitivities.  She will demonstrate how her prints are made, and guests are invited to try their hands at woodblock printing – and take the result home as a souvenir.  There will be hors d’oeuvre during her presentation, followed by a special course dinner.

Gion Festival by Lynita Shimizu 

Please RSVP; seating is very limited.

 

Where:  Maeda Sushi Restaurant – 530 Bushy Hill Rd. Simsbury, CT 06070

When:  April 2nd, 2009 (Thursday)

Time:  at 6:00 pm

Cost:  $50 per person for the dinner (drinks, gratuity, tax not included).

 

To reserve, please call Maeda Sushi (860) 651-4100,

Or e-mail: maedasushi@att.net

 

Also, visit Ms. Shimizu’s internet homepage:  WWW.SHIMIZUWOODCUTS.COM

 

 

 

Lynita Kagarise Shimizu

Lynita Shimizu has been creating woodcuts using the Japanese techniques of moku hanga since the mid-seventies. Originally from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, Lynita graduated with a Fine Arts major from Westminster College in 1974. Following a year at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, she moved to Japan to concentrate on woodblock printmaking. During her four-year stay, she studied in Kyoto with an elderly master of traditional woodblock printmaking, Tomikichiro Tokuriki, and in Tokyo with contemporary printmaker, Yoshisuke Funasaka. From Japan, Lynita and her husband moved to River Edge, NJ, where they raised three sons.

Pictured art:  Gion Festival by Lynita Shimizu

Dear Customers,

 

There are changes in the menu for the upcoming Slow Food Dinner.

We hope this is even more exciting than the one previously planned.

If you do not eat raw fish, we can accommodate.  Please indicate to us when you make a reservation.

 

Special course dinner:  $50 per guest (not including tax/gratuity/drinks).

 

Two Dates:  Thursday 3/12 & Thursday 3/19

Time:  6:30 p.m.

Where:  Maeda Sushi Restaurant, 530 Bushy Hill Rd, Simsbury, CT 06070

 

Reservation is required.  Call Maeda Sushi, (860) 651-4100

We will ask for your credit card number at the time of reservation.  If you need to cancel your reservation, please do so more than 24 hours prior.  After that, we will charge $50 per person.

 

Limited seating, and they are quickly filling us, so please call to secure your seat.

 

 

Here is the MENU

 

Appetizer:  前菜

三点盛り・金平牛蒡、枝豆の白和え、蓬麩

Plate of Three:  Burdock Kinpira, Fu of Mugwort, Edamame with Tofu Cream

                Burdock Kinpira:  Root vegetable sauté with sesame oil

Edamame with Tofu Cream:  green beans out of the pod with delicate cream

Fu of Mugwort:  “bread” of wheat gluten with the fragrant vegetable

 

Sashimi:  刺身

白身魚の薄造り(ポン酢和え)

Whitefish Sashimi with Ponzu:  sheer slices of whitefish with ponzu sauce

 

Steamed:  蒸し物

信州蒸しと海老シューマイ

Shinshu Mushi & Shrimp Shumai

                Shinshu Mushi:  Cha (green tea) noodle laid over white fish, with broth splashed over

                Shrimp Shumai:  shrimp dumplings with shredded flour skin

 

Broiled:  焼き物

銀鱈祐庵焼き

Codfish Yuan style:  marinated in a yuzumirin-soy sauce

 

Refreshment:  お口直し

梅と紫蘇のグラニテ

Granita of Plum and Shiso mint

 

Sushi: 

五点盛り

Five Piece Sushi

 

Dessert:  デザート

抹茶アイスクリーム

Green Tea Ice Cream

menu may change due to availability

Dear Customers,

 

We are happy to announce a special course dinner event in conjunction with the Slow Food Connecticut…and not only for just one night, but two.  Still, seating is limited, so please call to make a reservation.  Below is more information and menu.  If you are not a fan of raw fish, no problem, please tell us when you make reservation.

 

Dates:  Thursday, 3/12 & Thursday, 3/19

Time:  6:30 pm

 

$50 per person – not including drink orders/tax/gratuity

 

SPECIAL COURSE MENU

Edamame

Tori no Karaage

Shumai

Sashimi salad

Buckwheat noodle

Sashimi

Chawanmushi

Sushi

Miso soup

 

We will ask for your credit card number at the time of reservation.  If you do have to cancel your reservation, please do so at least 24 hours prior to the event you have reserved.  After that, we will have to charge $50 per person.

 

We’d like to thank Susan Chandler, the convivium leader of Slow Food Connecticut.  It’s an honor to work with Slow Food.

 

Maeda Sushi

(860) 651-4100

 

 

 

 

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Dear customers,

We like to thank everyone who came to Niigata Sake @ Maeda dinner.

It was such a pleasure to serve you.  As promised, here are some pictures from the night.  I am sorry, some of the pictures were out of focus.

We matched some great sake from Niigata prefecture of Japan with Chef Maeda’s special course dinner. 

                Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo w/

                                Edamame/Shumai/Tori Karaage

                                Sashimi Salad w Plum Dressing

                Kirinzan Junmai Daiginjo w/

                                Buckwheat Noodle w sweet shrimp tempura

                Musashino Buna no Tsuyu Tokubetsu Junmai (Dew Drops) w/

                                Sashimi

                                Gindara Yuan-yaki

                                Chawanmushi

                                Sushi

                                Sweet Shrimp Head Miso Soup

                Green Tea w/

                                Kichoan Plum Jelly

For those of you that missed this event, not to worry, because we are planning another one, very, very soon.  Please look for the announcement in the coming days.