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New Events From Common Grains

new Events From Common Grains

Common Grains, an LA group who seek to share “the importance of grains in Japanese daily life,” has some really great events coming up soon. They’ve sent us a list of them, which you can check out after the jump.

Common Grains Artisan Soba Demonstration and Tasting at Mitsuwa Marketplace

  • WHAT: Common Grains will host a soba demonstration and tasting in the Japanese marketplace. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase fresh soba and homemade dipping sauces that can be prepared at home.
  • WHERE: Mitsuwa Marketplace located at 21515 S. Western Ave., Torrance, CA 90501
  • WHEN: Thursday, January 26, 2012 – Sunday, January 29, 2012, demonstrations at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
  • COST: No cost to attend the soba demonstration, $18 for fresh soba for two with homemade dipping sauces

Common Grains Film Screenings and Soba Bar at Atwater Crossing

  • WHAT: Guests will enjoy screenings of films featuring an unsung player in Japanese cinema—rice. The award-winning films by Japanese filmmakers,Branded to Kill, an entertaining 1960’s gangster movie and A Japanese Village- Furuyashikimura, a classic 1982 in-depth rice documentary, will be accompanied by an informal lecture by Anne McKnight, member of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA.  A soba bar featuring artisanal soba and grilled onigiri, and a variety of sake will be offered at the indoor and outdoor screenings.
  • WHERE: Atwater Crossing located at 3245 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039
  • WHEN: Friday, February 3, 2012 and Saturday, February 4, 2012, soba bar opens at 5 p.m. and the screening and lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. on February 3 and 6 p.m. on February 4
  • COST: No cost to attend the screenings, food and drinks will be available for purchase
  • RSVP: Please RSVP to commongrains@wagstaffworldwide.com

Common Grains Charity Panel Discussion and Lunch

  • WHAT: Common Grains will host a panel discussion featuring expert grain miller and farmer, Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills in South Carolina and Monica Spiller from The Whole Grain Connection, a non-profit organization aiming to enhance the desirability of organic and sustainable grains. Other grain experts will also speak on the panel and a rice exhibition highlighting ancient varieties of grain will be on display.  A special three-course prix fixe soba lunch, a collaboration between Sonoko Sakai and Mutsuko Soma of Common Grains, Roxana Jullapat of Cooks County and Naoko Moore of Toiro Kitchen, will be available following the lecture highlighting Anson Mills and Japanese grains.  Proceeds from the event will benefit The Whole Grain Connection.
  • WHERE: Atwater Crossing located at 3245 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039
  • WHEN: Sunday, February 5, 2012 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • COST: Panel discussion is free and open to the public; $45 per person for priority seating to the panel discussion,  prix fixe lunch and a donation to The Whole Grain Connection; payment is accepted prior to the event via PayPal or at the event with cash or check
  • RSVP: Please RSVP to commongrains@wagstaffworldwide.com

Common Grains Rice Workshop at Healthy Living Day

  • WHAT: Common Grains will host a grains workshop featuring rice and miso soup as part of the Japanese American National Museum’s Healthy Living Day.  Healthy Living Day features a variety of activities and events for families and individuals geared toward healthy living.
  • WHERE: Japanese American National Museum located at 369 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • COST: No cost to attend and the event is open to the public
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit the Japanese American National Museum website


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