Nancy Singleton Hachisu — the Californian who visited Japan in the 1990s and never came back (except for the occasional stateside visit) — will be in town next week for a collaborative dinner at East Burnside’s Luce, on January 24. The meal will feature dishes from Hachisu’s upcoming cookbook Japan: The Cookbook, while showcasing rice from her husband’s organic farm, back in rural Japan.
Originally, Hachisu had only planned to visit Japan for one year — until her husband caught her eye (and vice-versa). After they tied the knot, she immersed herself in the culture and began learning the ins and outs of the island’s cuisine, cooking up whatever she and her husband could harvest.
Her first cookbook, Japanese Farm Food, was published in 2012. Preserving the Japanese Way, a how-to fermenting and pickling book, followed in 2015.
To assist her with the meal, she’ll be joined by Mami Kitani, who’ll provide ingredients like soy sauce and miso straight from her own organic artisan food factory, Yamaki Jozo, which is located a short trip from the Hachisu family farm.
The dinner, which costs $55 per person ($80 with paired drinks), takes place on Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m.
Luce: 2140 E Burnside St., 503.236.7195