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Ramen: Dreams and Beyond

February 7, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

$15 – $20

俺ん家ラーメン、一風堂を手掛け、ベイエリアのラーメンブームの火付け役でもある丸山 良幸氏、そして、和風出汁で勝負する Hinodeya Ramen Bar の栗原正生氏が登壇します。アメリカでラーメンの可能性に挑んだお二人が語ります。(通訳つき)


Everyone loves noodles, especially Japanese ramen which has not only become a staple in Japanese culture but has also made its way into mainstream, modern day American cuisine. However, it wasn’t always this way. On February 7, two representatives from three extraordinary ramen chains will be joining us to discuss their experiences as trailblazers breaking into the American market.

Mark Kuribara started Hinodeya as a small ramen shop in Japan.  Hinodeya now has many locations throughout Japan and the Bay Area, each showcasing different sides of their delicious Dashi ramen with a promise to be more tasty and more exciting every time. Maru Maruyama, the creator of both Ippudo and Orenchi, started the ramen kick in the Bay Area and it hasn’t stopped. With multiple Ippudo locations ranging globally and locally, the company focuses on their signature Tonkotsu ramen and has a mission to spread a new ramen culture around the globe.

Well known in both Japan and America, these two ramen innovators will come together to share their unique approaches to ramen. Listen to their journeys of expansion and success in making their dreams come true in the Bay Area and beyond, despite hardships. Their achievements are proof that a good bowl of ramen can accomplish just about anything, so don’t miss out on hearing their incredible stories!

Date & Time:
Friday, February 7, 2020
5:30 pm-7:30 pm

fabbit San Francisco
88 Kearny St Suite 2100, San Francisco, CA 94108

5:30 – 6:00 pm: Registration & Networking
6:00 – 6:45 pm: Hinodeya, Mark Kuribara + Ippudo/Orenchi, Maru Maruyama with Interpretation
6:45 – 7:00 pm: Fireside chat & Q&A
7:00 – 7:30 pm: Networking & Dinner


NO WALK-INS. Registration closes at 11:00 am on February 7.



Hinodeya // Masao “Mark” Kuribara | CEO of Sasala Dining Inc.

Masao Kuribara

After working for Kicchou, a prestigious Japanese restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo, Masao became the head chef at the Japanese embassy in Holland where he served visiting dignitaries, including Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto and President Bill Clinton. After returning to Japan, he worked for the Imperial Hotel and was responsible for opening its Japanese restaurant in Guam. Later, he opened his first Japanese restaurant SASALA in his hometown in Saitama. SASALA and Sora, his second restaurant, took first prize in a competition held by the California Wine Institute and received an award from the American Embassy. His third establishment, HINODEYA, was chosen as the best ramen shop in Saitama by Tabelog, a restaurant review site. He founded SASALA DINING USA Inc. in 2016 and opened his first restaurant in the US: HINODEYA San Francisco. Masao is a minister-certified Japanese chef, a member of the Japan Sommelier Association, and an FBO certified Japanese SAKE specialist.





Ippudo & Orenchi // Yoshiyuki “Maru” Maruyama | Japanese Food Innovator

Yoshiyuki MaruyamaYoshiyuki is a restaurant business partner, chef, and consultant. He is currently preparing to open a new restaurant, as well as helping owners of other new ramen restaurants. Prior to his current role, he launched IPPUDO on the West Coast and opened ramen restaurants in San Francisco, Santa Monica, and Kuro-Obi Hills Dale in 2017. Yoshiyuki produced Ramen Summit at the J-Pop Summit in 2016 and 2017, attracting 5,000 people each year. It was a big success! As an apprentice chef at yakitori and sushi restaurants, he began his career at the age of sixteen. He raised funds to move to the US in 2006 and opened his first Yakitori restaurant, SUMIKA, there. His second restaurant ORENCHI (2010), third restaurant IRORIYA, a luxurious Robatayaki-style izakaya (2013), and fourth izakaya-style ramen restaurant ORENCHI BEYOND in San Francisco (2014) attract many customers from around the Bay Area. Outside of work, he enjoys exploring restaurants and bars and being a DJ.






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February 7, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$15 – $20


88 Kearny St, Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94104 United States
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