Last year, Ben and I attended the Kumamoto Earthquake Relief Charity Golf and Wine Auction event at Silverado Country Club. One of the top auction items was a private dinner for four by Iron Chef Morimoto. We had to have it, so we bid on the item and won! Winner winner sushi dinner!
(First Course: Sweet Corn soup)
Fast forward to a year later, Ben and I are now vegan and the dinner date has been set. We were thinking of giving up our seats up for this dinner because we weren’t sure if Morimoto would make something vegan for us. I’m so glad we didn’t back out because Chef Morimoto went above and beyond with our vegan dinner!
(Second Course: Fresh veggies, with himalyan salt)
(Third Course: Fresh veggies with hot oil dipping sauce)
The entire team at Morimoto Napa had planned out every little detail of our dinner which made the whole night special. Each course had its own pairing of wine or sake. Our waiter explained every wine he poured, and why this particular wine pairs well with our dish. He was very knowledgeable on the sake as well, educating us on what grain of rice was used to produce the kind of sake we were drinking.
We sat down at a table and started off with bubbles to cleanse our palate and shortly after, we began our first course.
(Fourth Course: Radish noodles in a spicy tomato sauce)
(Strawberry palate cleanser)
After our first few courses, they escorted us to the sushi bar, where Chef Morimoto handmade us vegan nigiri and sushi!
(Smoked bell pepper nigiri)
(Picked eggplant nigiri)
(Grilled onion handroll)
(Fresh scallions and ginger handroll)
(Fresh cucumber rolls)
After a lot of sushi and sake, they escorted us back to our table, and continued on with the main course of dinner.
(Main Course #1: Grilled tofu - made to look like Unagi)
(Main Course #2: Grilled Mushrooms in Curry Sauce with white rice)
(Main Course #3: Cauliflower steak)
A few times Chef Morimoto came by the table to check on us and asked if we thought the tofu looked like tuna! And yes! It really did! He was really proud of his vegan creations. As he should be because everything was amazing.
(Morimoto: Cabernet Sauvignon)
After what seemed like twenty courses and twenty glasses of wine and sake later, we had our final course. Dessert. Which was a beautiful and delicious trio of sorbet.
(Dessert: Sorbet trio: Strawberry, Green tea, Honey dew)
When dinner had come to an end, we realized we had been dining for five hours! The dinner was exceptional. Thank you to Chef Morimoto and the team at Morimoto Napa for giving us an unforgettable experience and giving us the best dinner and service I’ve ever had.
(Morimoto created this neat art stained design on a napkin with vegetables)