Author Archives: Melinda Joe

September 6, 2011

Tokyo Tidbits: Getting to Know Chef Maria Suzuki

by Melinda Joe

Chef Maria Suzuki was exhausted. She’d spent the last two days cooking her heart out for our second Gochiso event, Food Is Art, and it was already half past eleven when she finished packing her car for the eight-hour drive from Tokyo back to Nara. The weariness pulled at the corners of her eyes and […]

July 12, 2011

Tokyo Tidbits: The Birth of Gochiso, An Upscale Pop-Up

by Melinda Joe

“Are we really doing this?” I asked, uncertainly nibbling on a grilled shiitake mushroom. Eriko paused before answering. “I know I was talking some pretty ambitious stuff the other night, but I think we should try it,” she replied. “We could end up pulling off something really cool.” I vividly recall the tipsy conversation that […]