Common Grains Rice and Soba Workshops

“The Common Grains” project is an innovative cultural project dedicated to raising awareness about Japanese grains. Curated by Sonoko Sakai, Common Grains will come to Tortoise General Store with four Japanese grain themed cooking workshops in January and February 2012. Joining Common Grains in these workshops is Naoko Moore, Japanese donabe and culinary expert.

Beginners Soba making – Hands on Workshop with Sonoko Sakai
Saturday, January 21 10am – 12pm @ Tortoise Studio> FULL!
Sunday, February 19 10am – 12pm @ Tortoise Studio> FULL!


Sonoko will show you how to make two soba dishes that are featured at Sonoko’s pop up soba bar at Breadbar in Century City between January 10-19, 2012. Learn how to make soba from scratch, and slurp the delicious creations with cold and hot sauces.
Zaru soba served wtih with plain and walnut dipping sauces and Japanese herbs.
Kamo negi seiro- Zaru soba served with a hot duck and scallions dipping sauce.
Fee: $65

“Gohan and okazu” – Rice dishes and sides made with donabe Rice Cooker Kamado-San
(Donabe Cooking Demonstration + Tasting) with Naoko Moore
Sunday, January 22 10am – 12pm @ Tortoise Studio > FULL!
Saturday, February 18 10am-12pm @ Tortoise Studio > FULL!

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Rice made in a Japanese donabe clay pot tastes fluffy and heavenly, many people say they can’t go back to electric rice cookers after tasting donabe rice.  Donabe specialist and rice lover, Naoko Moore, will host a cooking class of two one-pot rice dishes, featuring Iga-yaki Donabe Rice Cooker, KAMADO-SAN and two side dishes.

Tasting Menu: 
Salmon & Hijiki Rice
Earthy Mushroom Brown Rice
Komatsuna & Abura-age “Nibitashi” Light Stew
Haricot Vert “Goma-ae” Salad with Black Sesame sauce.
Fee: $65

**please contact Sumi for reservation :
Enter “Common Grains Soba / Rice Workshop” on Subject of your email, and indicate any allergies you may have regarding food.

Registration Policy :
* Menus are subject to change.
* Cancellations must be made 7 days before a class. Fees are refunded upon receiving written notice by e-mail only. Fees are non-refundable after that point.
* All participants are required to read and sign the Waiver and Release Form before the start of a class.

“The Common Grains project” is made possible with a grant from the Japanese government project, Cool Japan.  Common Grains project is presented by Shinmei, leading Japanese miller and. For more information, visit and Sonoko’s blog,
Naoko Moore is a Japanese culinary and donabe expert. For information about Naoko Moore, please visit or

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