Next SUMO STEW will be in May, city TBA.

We'll be back at Brooklyn Brewery in mid-July 2017.





Information on our last event:


SUMO STEW Brooklyn 031317

Monday, March 13th, 2017, 8-11PM

@ Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249


SUMO STEW (#SUMOSTEW) is back in Brooklyn! Inspired by a trip to Japan, photographer Michael Harlan Turkell ( returned to New York City with aspirations of importing this ancient sport and teamed up with Harry Rosenblum, owner of The Brooklyn Kitchen (, 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 Chicken & Oyster Chankonabe made by Brooklyn izakaya Moku Moku.


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


·                Teriyaki Meatballs from Allswell,

·                Sobaya Manju (homemade buckwheat bun filled with sweet red bean paste) from Sobaya,

·                Gazpacho Ramen from Samurai Papa,

·                Agedashi Yuba from Hodo Soy,


Our hosts at Brooklyn Brewery will have on tap a selection of draft beers, from their year-round offerings, seasonal pours, and limited availability brews, including Sorachi Ace, an unfiltered golden farmhouse ale named after the Sorachi region of Hokkaido, Japan, and made with a Japanese hop varietal developed in the 1970’s, and only recently revived in Washington state.


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 Jeff Bell of PDT (


Also pouring will be Mizu Shochu, a producer of Japanese shochu in Arita, Japan. Made from fermented barley and black koji, the refreshingly smooth 70-proof spirit will be offered neat or on ice with a slice of cucumber.


We’ll have plenty of sake from craft sake importer Kuramoto US, who’s branding project SAKEMAN, created by Mr. Shimomura (Sakeman Blue), brings happiness to the masses through sake and socializing. They’ll be pouring a selection of sakes from Kira, Okagura and Suehiro Yamahai.


Ippodo Tea Co. has been owned and operated by the Watanabe family in Kyoto, for three centuries, upholding the culture of Japanese tea since they began handpicking tea for the Imperial family of Japan in 1717. This year is their 300th anniversary, a great opportunity to finally visit their storefront in Manhattan, their first outside of Japan, and discover the allure and depth of character of Japanese green tea.


And if all that’s not enough, we’ll end with a special dessert ... 


It wouldn’t be a sumo party without tenugui, traditional hand dyed Japanese cotton towels from our good friend Ruri Kippenbrock of Wuhao New York, who’s made an exclusive pattern just for SUMO STEW!


Exclusive to this event, Kaede NYC, a unique fashion consultancy that specializes in Japanese Kimono rental, styling and sales; they will be providing discount yukata rentals for those wishing to attend SUMO STEW in style, as well as yukata sets and kimono jackets available for purchase at the event, for those wishing to have a piece of traditional Japanese wear to take home.


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 will be donated to the Japan Society



Michael Harlan Turkell,, 646.808.4159

Harry Rosenblum,, 718.389.2982



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