Mar 30 2019

Hinamatsuri, Girls’ Festival with Youko Yamamoto

  • 6:00pm
  • 37b north front street, kingston, ny 12401

Hinamatsuri (festival of Hina dolls) is a celebration that takes place in Japan on the third of March each year.  It has been celebrated since the Heian period, the end of the 9th century, to wish for girls’ healthy growth and a happy marriage in their future. A set of Hina dolls, which represents the wedding of the Emperor and Empress, is the focus of the celebration and an arrangement of peach blossoms is often paired with Hina dolls on the Tokonoma (an alcove in a traditional tatami room). People prepare special foods, children are allowed to taste unrefined sake and boys are invited to join the celebration.

In honor of Hinamatsuri, Youko Yamamoto will teach us how to prepare two of the special foods served each year including her special Maze-zushi, a home style sushi dish (think: sushi salad over rice) mixed with many toppings including broiled salmon, salmon roe, shiso, burdock root, shiitakes, lotus root, carrots and snow peas and Hamaguri no Suimono, a delicious clear soup made with Manila clams.  

It’s always a special treat when Youko shares her traditions with us and tonight should be no exception!

$90 per student includes 3hr workshop and recipes + eat-what-you-make.  Please feel free to BYOB if you care to imbibe while we eat.

Call 845 514 2300 or follow the link to purchase tickets.

Youko Yamamoto was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up to cook with her mother, aunts and grandmother. Her father also educated her cooking by taking her all over Japan to eat in many styles of gourmet food. She moved to New York City in 1981 to attend Pratt Institute to study graphic design. She started to teach cooking in the Park Slope Food Co-op, Brooklyn in 1998, as well as other places in Brooklyn and Manhattan. She and her family moved to the Hudson Valley in 2000. She is currently planning to open a ramen noodle shop in Kingston after closing the well-established Japanese noodle shop “Gomen-Kudasai” in New Paltz, NY which was open from 2008 – 2018 where she trained many young people, provided jobs for students and legal aliens, and shared Japanese cultures with the community.

Gomen-Ramen, an authentic Japanese Ramen Noodle Shop is coming to Kingston!  Soon you can enjoy the Ramen Noodle Soup that inherits Gomen-Kudasai’s DNA, lots of UMAMI and is healthy for all.


ID 78533376 © Komain Intarakamhaeng | Dreamstime.com