The City of Tokyo announced its one-day food symposium, Eat Up Tokyo, on November 8th, 2018 at NYC Event Spaces.

The one-day symposium featuring a discussion between an online influencer Jackie Gebel, preeminent authorities on the Tokyo dining scene including chef Michael Romano and restaurateur Bobby Valentine, coupled with menus by Japanese culinary luminaries such as sushi master Daisuke Nakazawa (Sushi Nakazawa), chef Kakusaburo Sakurai and sommelier Toshiyuki Koizumi (Wasan Brooklyn), debuts in New York City on November 8th at NYC Event Spaces (4 W. 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036).

Focusing on the much-heralded food scene in Japan’s capital – oft considered the culinary capital of the world – the event focuses on Tokyo’s regional culture and charms.

The event also brings together respected members of the New York City restaurant industry to share their delectable tales about eating in Tokyo and to discuss how Tokyo dining trends have influenced local cuisine on an international scale. Attendees will also have the opportunity to sample enticing drinks and dishes from some of New York’s most esteemed Japanese chefs.

The special panel discussion will be held during an invitation-only lunch session from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and welcomes the press, travel industry professionals, and government officials. City of Tokyo is honored to have the participation of distinguished New York chef Michael Romano, who helmed The Union Square Café to its status as one of the most influential restaurants in the nation, and Bobby Valentine, former MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball Organization manager and prominent restaurateur, as well as a notable travel blogger Jackie Gebel, who just experienced her first Tokyo earlier this year. An evening tasting-only session will be open to the general public from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Both lunch and evening session attendees can expose their individual senses to what it is like to eat in Tokyo by way of menus created by Mr. Nakazawa, Mr. Sakurai, and Mr. Koizumi. Nakazawa’s sushi will illustrate the principles of the Edo-mae sushi, the style invented in ancient Tokyo, that he serves at his eponymous restaurant. Sakurai and Koizumi will serve Japanese dishes inspired by Tokyo landmarks, along with sake pairings that have been carefully curated for the event. Eat Up Tokyo is essential for anyone seeking direct insight into the many ideas and flavors of Tokyo cuisine.