***The next SUMO STEW is on 11/14/17 in Brooklyn, NY.

More info to come ...





Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, 7-10PM

@ Olympia Provisions’ OP Wurst (opwurst.com)

3384 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202


SUMO STEW (#SUMOSTEW) heads to the Portland, Oregon in the PNW for our sixteenth round! Inspired by a trip to Japan, photographer Michael Harlan Turkell (harlanturk.com) returned to New York City with aspirations of importing this ancient sport and teamed up with Harry Rosenblum, owner of The Brooklyn Kitchen (thebrooklynkitchen.com), a wonderfully multi-faceted cooking store and center for culinary education. The two created a series based around plentiful bowls of chankonabe, the “sumo stew” wrestlers prepare and eat before matches. The hearty broth is loaded with fortifying protein and vegetables. This, paired with the live streamed bimonthly grand tournaments, makes for a lively event, bringing hungry first time and long-standing sumo fans ringside.


This round of SUMO STEW will feature Sausage Chankonabe made by Olympia Provisions. olympiaprovisions.com


Every guest will also get a special bento box, composed of Japanese-inspired dishes from top local chefs, including (subject to change):


·                Mazeman (brothless ramen) from Afuri Ramen, afuri.us

·                Tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet) from Kayo’s Ramen Bar, kayosramen.com

·                *Yuba and Wasabi by Biwa, biwarestaurant.com

·                Takikomi Gohan (mixed rice) by Carlo Lamagna


*Yuba: A Kyoto delicacy, fresh yuba is rare even in Asia. Nutty, sweet and with a distinctive bite that is firm yet chewy, yuba is the thin veil that forms on the surface of heated soymilk as the cream and protein rise to the surface. Sometimes known as tofu skin, these greatly prized sheets are harvested by hand, and Hodo Soy is the only organic, fresh yuba maker in the United States. 


The will be plenty of crisp, clear, karakuchi – Asahi Super Dry beer from Asahi. asahibeerusa.com


We'll also have an array of sake from SakeOné, brewer of Oregon craft saké and importer of premium Japanese saké. sakeone.com


Nikka Whisky, the outstanding distillery that set off the Japanese whisky movement when founded by Masataka Taketsuru in 1934 will provide bottles of Nikka Coffey Grain to be served in a signature cocktail by Michael Helgeson of Little Bird Bistronikka.com


Steven Smith Teamakers, the finest name in tea since 1949, will be showcasing their Sencha and Rose City Genmiacha sachets. smithtea.com


And if all that’s not enough, we’ll end with a special dessert by Salt & Straw (ice cream) in collaboration with Iio Jozo benimosu (purple potato vinegar) from The Japanese Pantry. saltandstraw.com


A number of Japanese artisan crafts vendors will also be in attendance, including:

Seisuke Knife, a knife shop selling fine Japanese kitchen knives on NE Alberta. seisukeknife.com

Yume Confections, specializing in handmade wagashi (Japanese confectiosn) for all seasons. yumeconfections.com


Tickets and information:


(Must be 21+ to attend) (No refunds on tickets canceled 72 hours before the event)


*The $55 ticket grants each participant a bento box, bowl of chankonabe, beer token, and two drink tickets to be used for a taste of sake, shochu or whisky – and round after round of sumo. Additional drinks will be available for purchase.


**A portion of the proceeds/raffle will be donated to the Portland Japanese Garden, japanesegarden.org



Michael Harlan Turkell, michael@harlanturk.com, 646.808.4159

Harry Rosenblum, harry@thebrooklynkitchen.com, 718.389.2982



Sun Noodle ramen, sunnoodle.com

Hodo Soy, yuba, hodosoy.com

The Japanese Pantry, vinegar, soy sauce, kombu, thejapanesepantry.com

Koda Farms, Heirloom Kokuho Rose® rice, kodafarms.com

Frog Eyes Wasabi, wasabi, thewasabistore.com

Bokksu, premium Japanese snack subscription box, bokksu.com


Past SUMO STEW participants


New York City:



Birds & Bubbles / City Grit


En Japanese Brasserie

Ganso Yaki

Hakata Tonton


Ivan Ramen


Kuma Inn

Moku Moku


Ramen Burger

Salt + Charcoal

Samurai Papa

Shalom Japan


The Brooklyn Star

The Crimson Sparrow

The Finch

Uma Temakeria

Village Yokocho

Yakitori by Neal



San Francisco, CA:


Liholiho Yacht Club



Pabu Izakaya


Robin (née The Starling)


State Bird Provisions


Washington, DC:


Kaz Sushi Bistro

Keepwell Vinegar

The Red Hen

Toki Underground



Nikka Whisky cocktails:

Jeff Bell from PDT, Please Don’t Tell

Jesse Selvagn, Bar Otsukare

Kevin Diedrich, Pacific Cocktail Haven

Masa Urishido, Saxon + Parole

Scott Baird, Trick Dog




Brooklyn Brewery

Magnolia Brewery Company

Right Proper Brewery



Brooklyn Kura

Domaine Select Wine & Spirits

Kuramoto US


Sake Discoveries

Sake Journeys

Sake Tengoku


Sequoia Sake Company

Vine Connections




Ippodo Tea Co.

Ito En

Tea Dealers



Francis Any of Pinoy Heritage

Patisserie Tomoko

Buttercream Bakeshop



Kaede, kimono, yukata

Nama Ya, ceramics by Yuko Sato

Sennari Vinegar, with Nancy Singleton Hachisu

The Japanese Pantry, spices and sauces 

Wuhao NYC, tenugui, traditional Japanese cotton cloths

Yamaki Jozo Soy Sauce



18 Reasons, kitchen space, volunteers

Breville, Control Freak induction burners

Bi-Rite Market, produce

Happy Valley Meat Co., beef

Hodo Soy, tofu, yuba

Island Creek Oyster Bar, oysters

Pocky, biscuit snacks 

Regalis Foods, ikura (fish roe)

Sun Noodle, ramen