Peko-Peko Catering

August 13, 2013

Upcoming Event: Matsuri Festival (It’s Our Birthday!)

by Kayoko Akabori

August is our birthday month! It’s been one year since we opened our doors at 815 Broadway in Oakland, and indeed it’s been an enriching, exhilarating year. Thank you everyone for supporting our vision as America’s premier Japanese bar and kitchenware shop! We could not have come this far without all of you. On Saturday 8/24, we’ll […]

May 30, 2013

Upcoming Event: Umeshu Class with Peko Peko

by Kayoko Akabori

Ume (Japanese plum) season is upon us! Through the years, we’ve brought you many posts about making umeshu (plum cordial) at home. We’ve had several umeshu features and recipes on the blog, from Yoko’s kitchen in Tokyo, MOTO’s kitchen in NYC, and from Sylvan’s Peko Peko HQ in Oakland. There have been loads of of […]

March 7, 2013

Event Recap: Aya Brackett Photography Show Opening

by Kayoko Akabori

We had a fun, bustling opening last month for our friend Aya Brackett‘s photography show opening. Titled Home is Oakland, Home is Japan, 12 of Aya’s photos are on exhibit on the back walls and nook of Umami Mart. Professionally, Aya’s food photography has been published in The New York Times, Monocle and Bon Appetit — for this show, Aya has […]

January 28, 2013

Upcoming Event: Home is Oakland, Home is Japan by Aya Brackett

by Kayoko Akabori

Our next photo exhibition will be by the lovely and talented Aya Brackett in a show titled Home is Oakland, Home is Japan. Professionally, Aya’s food photography has been published in The New York Times, Monocle and Bon Appetit, and for this show, Aya has chosen select pieces that reflect domestic moments in California and […]

December 26, 2012

Event Recap: Peko-Peko Udon Pop-Up

by Kayoko Akabori

Photos by Jazmine Livingston On a cold December night, just days before Christmas, we hosted Peko-Peko for a night of HOT noodles! Sylvan and Hayato showed up with two big boxes of hand-pulled udon, plus roasted duck and leaks for garnish. And a huge pot for boiling the noodles! It was a wonderful event, full […]

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, […]

January 6, 2012

Peko-Peko’s Tataki Gobo (Burdock Root with Toasted Sesame)

by Kayoko Akabori

I was fortunate enough to peek into the Peko Peko kitchen this last weekend, while they were preparing all 40 boxes of their highly coveted annual osechi bentos. What a crew! Sylvan had about five people working the kitchen — peeling, dicing, de-shelling 40 Dungeness crabs… wow. Sylvan and his right-hand chef Yuko took me […]

December 23, 2011

2012 Peko-Peko Osechi Bento (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

For the last four years, Sylvan of Peko-Peko catering in San Francisco has been making osechi bento sets for the first of the year. Osechi, as you know from Yamahomo’s annual posts (here and here), are foods that are traditionally cooked for the new year, that are consumed for good luck. There is a special […]

January 24, 2011

Tonight at Peko Peko (SF): Celebrating California’s Fish + Homemade Satsuma Age!

by Kayoko Akabori

Sylvan Mishima Brackett is the mastermind behind Peko Peko, a Japanese catering service in the Bay Area. After working as Alice Waters’ assistant for SIX YEARS (dude must have the patience of a Zen master. Just kidding, love you Alice!), he apprenticed in a soba shop in Saitama, Japan, then came back to the Bay […]