Pickling and Preserving
December 9-13, 2024
As we tilt away from the sun, roots and bulbs grow sweeter underground.
Cooler temperatures control fermentation and winter is prime pickling and brewing season. From tsukemono to sake, we'll explore Japan's culture of fermentation. We’ll pickle vegetables with salt and rice bran and visit a small sake brewery with a hyper local focus and learn all about the art, science, and craft of brewing rice into Japan's signature drink.
the great ferment
Fragrant yuzu is ripening in the orhcard and green daidai is prime for ponzu. We'll cook with exotic roots and bulbs like arrowhead, lotus bulb, taro, and wild yam.
Make your way to Karatsu, in the Northwest corner of Kyushu, a little over an hour by train from the Fukuoka airport or shinkansen station. We’ll gather for a private welcome dinner at an intimate countryside restaurant. Then it's early to bed to rest up after a long day of travel.
We'll gather in Mirukashi and start with a primer on hakusai tsukemono, sun dried, salted Chinese cabbage. After lunch we'll dive into some of early winter's tastiest flavors and prepare a multi-course meal that features yurine lily bulb, fugu, shrimp striped taro, and of course winter pickles.
We'll spend the morning with Hanako at her pottery studio monohanako and learn about the art and craft of Japanese tableware. After lunch we'll roll up our sleeves and make another multi-course meal. But first we'll celebrate with yuzu forward libations and nibble on arrowhead chips.
We'll visit a master sake brewer who revived his shuttered family brewery and utilizes heritage tools and techniques to brew a hyper local sake. We'll then enjoy a sake seminar and tasting before heading out for dinner at a beloved place featuring female-forward food, craft, and design.
come to mirukashi
Pack your swag and enjoy one last morning by the sea before you hug your new best friends goodbye. But don’t be sad as you are now a member of the Mirukashi Collective, a group of culturally curious gastronomes who have formed lasting bonds while spending time in Mirukashi.
Let the waves lull you to sleep each night in this 4 star oceanside hotel featuring spectacular views from every room. Watch the sun rise over the bay, take a stroll along the sandy beach by a forest of ancient pine trees, visit the gym or relax in the sauna, onsen spa, or rooftop thermal pool.
Aspirational and actionable insights into planning a meal, cooking techniques, seasoning, plating, table setting, and the etiquette of drinking and dining.
A beautifully printed, expanded collection of seasonal recipes from Mirukashi and my promise to be here as your guide even after you've gone home.
Salon sessions are $3550 (USD) per person. A non-refundable deposit of $1800 secures your place with balance due 60 days before the session.
Four nights in a private room plus all food, drink, and transportation during the salon session. Does not include transportation to and from Karatsu.
Plans are hard to make these days. All deposits are non-refundable but give me two months notice and I'll happily apply your deposit to a future session.
Seating is limited.
Salon sessions are limited to 7 people to ensure a relaxed and intimate experience.
Bookings are accepted in the order requested.
Come to Mirukashi.