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Umami Experience: A Special Japanese Tasting with Sake

September 30, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Picture this: It’s a Friday, and you just finished up work, errands, or school for the day. You’re hungry… and craving authentic Japanese food.

Join us on Friday, September 30th, at 6:00 PM for a special Japanese umami tasting with sake at Werqwise San Francisco. Sample different foods featuring all kinds of umami flavors — including shio koji, miso, and soy sauce — that make up the foundation of many Japanese foods.

Lillian Rowlatt, co-founder of Kokoro Care Packages, will dive into the complexity of umami flavors and the best ways to use and infuse them in your daily life.

Don’t worry – we’ve got drinks covered, too. Enjoy high-end sake alongside your umami tasting and learn the story of Sāfu Sake from Paul Dohrenwend, its CEO. We guarantee you will not go home with an empty stomach!

Hungry yet? Take a peek the event’s tasting menu:
1. Crunchy baked konbu (kelp) snack pairing with sake
2. Soy sauce and mentsuyu with tofu/somen
3. Yuzu miso-vegetable stick
4. Dashi-simmered daikon
5. Shiokoji-marinated chicken

Date & Time:
September 30, 2022 at 6:00 PM (PDT)
*Check-in begins at 5:30 PM


5:30-6:00 PM   Registration and Networking
6:00 PM            Opening
6:05-6:15 PM    Umami Presentation by Lillian Rowlatt | Co-founder, Kokoro Care Packages
6:15-6:20 PM    Sake Presentation by Paul Dohrenwend | CEO, Sāfu Sake
6:20-6:35 PM    Umami and Sake Tasting!
6:35-6:40 PM    Closing Remarks by Steve Pollock | President, Japan Society of Northern California
6:40-7:00 PM    Networking

Werqwise | 149 New Montgomery Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

General: $20
JSNC Members: $15


Our Amazing Speakers:

lillian rowlatt photoLillian Rowlatt | Co-Founder of Kokoro Care Packages

Fun Facts:
1. I’m half-Japanese (my mother is from Osaka), half-English, 100% Canadian and living in Los Angeles.
2. My middle name is Hanako which is a traditional Japanese name meaning “flower child”.
3. I lived in Kashiwazaki-shi, Niigata-ken for two years teaching English on the JET Programme. Niigata is famous for making the best sake in Japan and for its huge snowfalls.
4. I’m a bit of a math nerd and was ranked #1 in North America for 14 years while taking Kumon as a child.
5. I’m a terrible singer yet love to hold the mic in karaoke. Apologies to your ears…


paul-dohrenwendPaul Dohrenwend | CEO of Sāfu Sake

Paul launched Sāfu Sake in September 2020, a year and a half after he started the Wharton MBA Program for Executives. Just weeks after its first bottles landed in the United States, Sāfu Sake entered the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition and won a double gold medal, the second-highest award granted in the international contest. It wasn’t long before Sāfu Sake hit the shelves in Costco, and today you can find Sāfu Sake in numerous restaurants and liquor stores in western states. Paul has also collaborated with Michelin Star Chefs, creating food pairing menus to convey that Sāfu Sake is a fabulous drink to pair with everything from appetizers to dessert- and it doesn’t have to just be sushi. “Sāfu” translated to English means “surf.” In the 1960s, U.S. soldiers stationed in Japan brought their surfboards to the Japanese beaches and taught the locals how to stand up and ride the waves.


In cooperation with:

Kokoro Care Packages

Safu Sake logo



September 30, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


149 New Montgomery
San Francisco, CA
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