Upcoming Event

March 12, 2013

Upcoming Event: Lease-Signing Party!

by Kayoko Akabori

In August, Tomo gifted us a daruma to celebrate the opening of Umami Mart. It is tradition to draw in one eyeball when you receive it while making a wish, then fill in the other when the wish comes true. Our wish was to sign a lease in six months. And we did it! We […]

February 25, 2013

Upcoming Event: Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day)

by Kayoko Akabori

Yoko and I are showing our true, girly colors by celebrating Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day) at Umami Mart! We had to do it — Yoko’s mom spent over a decade making a traditional ohinasama (ornamental doll) display with five tiers (!) that we felt we absolutely must showcase. Girl’s Day in Japan lands on March 3 every […]

December 17, 2012

Upcoming Event: Hand-Pulled Udon by Peko-Peko

by Kayoko Akabori

It’s chilly out! Come by on Thursday for a bowl of udon, hand-pulled by Sylvan Brackett of Peko Peko. He will most likely be serving the soup with roasted duck and mushrooms. Sylvan’s udon are some of the best I’ve had in the Bay Area. Don’t miss this! WHAT: Peko Peko pop-up @ Umami Mart, […]

December 13, 2012

Upcoming Event: Selection Massale Wine Party

by Kayoko Akabori

Popuphood is turning 1yo! We’re so thrilled to be a part of this great community for its first anniversary. To celebrate, we’re throwing a wine party! Our good friend Cory is the co-proprietor of Selection Massale, an East Bay-based wine distributor, focused on discovering wines by smaller, organic producers in Europe. We love Selection Massale’s […]

November 5, 2012

The Forest Feast Show @ Umami Mart

by Kayoko Akabori

We are more than a little excited to announce our first art show with long-time Umami Mart contributor Erin Gleeson. A year ago, Erin started her photo and illustration blog The Forest Feast, after moving to the California woods from NYC, where she spent many years as a food photographer. Since, the website has rapidly […]

October 15, 2012

Sip + Shop: Atelier Dion Teacup Launch + Bicycle Coffee

by Kayoko Akabori

Our great friends and talented ceramicists Rie and Jay of Atelier Dion have designed cups for Umami Mart! Please join us this Thursday to celebrate the launch of our teacups, in three different designs. Of course, Rie and Jay will be here! And Bicycle Coffee will be here to serve coffee too! WHAT: Atelier Dion for […]

October 2, 2012

Upcoming Event: Umamiventure #33: Hive Tour with East Bay Urban Bees

by Kayoko Akabori

Umamiventures are BACK! The last field trip was at the TCHO factory back in March 2011, remember? Wow, it has been WAY TOO LONG. For years I have been trying to organize an event with a honey producer, and the time has finally come! We’re proud to announce a special tour with East Bay Urban Bees […]

September 14, 2012

Upcoming Event: Sip + Shop: Shochu Tasting

by Kayoko Akabori

Throughout the years, we’ve been asked to present more events highlighting shochu. Well, here’s the event that you’ve all been waiting for! Generously sponsored by Takara, we’ll be tasting four different kinds of shochu: imo (sweet potato), mugi (barley), kome (rice) and soba (buckwheat). WHEN: Thursday 9/20 from 6-8pm WHERE: Umami Mart 815 Broadway Oakland, Pop-Up […]

September 4, 2012

Upcoming Event: Yaki-Onigiri for First Friday (OAK)

by Kayoko Akabori

That’s right, we be grillin’ balls this Friday! Our good friends Koichi, Ryoji and Steven of YATAIYA will be making yaki-onigiri (grilled rice balls), and serving them alongside some house-made tsukemono (pickles). They are irresistible, smoky flavor-bombs! If we’re lucky, they’ll have other fun munchies on the grill as well. Come welcome Autumn with us! The grillin’ starts […]

August 14, 2012

Upcoming Event: Macarons with Moto (OAK)

by Kayoko Akabori

Guess what? MOTO is coming to Umami Mart! How lucky we are! Our resident macaron maestro will be here with us this Thursday night, armed with his little pillows of sweet macarons that he has finally mastered over the last few years. Remember Yamahomo vs. Ladurée? He has come a long way, and today, MOTO […]