Healdsburg SHED Celebrates Japan in October

Kyle Connaughton Donabe Dinner - SHED

October is all about Japan at Healdsburg SHED with “Here and There: Japan.” For this month, SHED has invited special guest teachers and chefs to share their knowledge and techniques including: Nancy Singleton Hachisu, author and teacher from Saitam, Japan; Sonoko Sakai, Common Grains in Los Angeles; Mamiko Nishiyama of YAGICHO Honten in Tokyo; Soba Master Toshiya (Toshi) Kotori of Tokyo;  Mariko Grady, founder of Aedan SF in San Francisco; Robin Koda, Japanese-Californian rice grower of Koda Farms in central California;  Japanese ceramic artist Shiro Otani from Japan; Kyle Connaughton, author of Donabe and co-owner of Single Thread Farm in Healdsburg; and Moishe Hahn-Schuman of Ramen Gaijin in Sebastapol.

In the Cafe: Throughout the month the Cafe menu will feature dishes and ingredients inspired by visiting chefs and authors, like: Donabe rice bowls, Japanese breakfast, pickles, and Dashi broth as a base in dishes. There will also be a SOBA pop-up BAR from October 4-11 featuring fresh hand-pulled soba noodles made by visiting Japanese Soba Master Toshiya Kotori. (Everyday except Friday, Oct 9).

Dashi Japanese -SHED
Sunday, October 4
Dashi and the Japanese Pantry Workshop 

Build a pantry around the staple flavors of Japan, and learn how to integrate them into your own pantry. Featuring cooking instructor Sonoko Sakai and Mamiko Nishiyama from YAGICHO Honten one of the oldest katsuobushi shops in Tokyo. Light lunch included.


Soba Workshop SHED
Saturday, October 10

Soba workshop and tasting with Sonoko Sakai and Soba Master Toshiya (Toshi) Kotorii. Learn to hand roll and cut fresh soba noodles using Japanese buckwheat flour, and sit down to taste soba served hot and cold.


Handmade Kokedama Workshop - SHED
Sunday, October 11

These traditional hand-crafted items make great gifts:


For Gardeners: Learn the meditative craft of Kokedama, Japanese hanging floral art.



While they are in season, learn to make hoshigaki dried persimmons with cooking instructor Sonoko Sakai.


Japanese Bento - SHED
Saturday, October 17
Japanese Bento Box with Fermented Foods

At this workshop, participants will create and eat an authentic Japanese bento lunch led by Japanese chef Mariko Grady, founder of Aedan SF and Robin Koda, a third-generation Japanese-Californian rice grower from Koda Farms. Menu: Miso Rice Ball, Shio Koji Mini Yakitori, Shio Koji Tohu, Sagahachi Pickled Vegetables, and Miso Soup.


 Japanese Pottery - SHED
Sunday, October 18
Shiro Otani’s Japanese Pottery Artist Talk, and Reception

Meet Japanese ceramic artist Shiro Otani on a rare visit to the United States. See a slideshow of his traditional pottery village and a live demonstration with his potter’s wheel, followed by an artists reception serving handmade wagashi and green tea.


Monday, October 19
Ramen and Tampo screening in the Grange

Watch the much loved Japanese food film Tampopo while you slurp ramen in the Grange from visiting chef Moishe Hahn-Schuman of Ramen Gaijin.


Kyle Connaughton Donabe Dinner - SHED Healdsburg
Sunday, Oct 25
A Donabe Dinner Party with chef and author Kyle Connaughton.

Learn to prepare food out of Japan’s traditional clayware donabe with visiting chef Kyle Connaughton from Single Thread Farm, whose recently released book is all about the subject. Includes author-signed Donabe cookbook and dinner.



SHED is a market, café, and community gathering space designed to bring us closer to the way we grow, prepare, and share our food. SHED’s Grange allows people to come together for a range of activities primarily focused on food and farming, with lectures, classes, suppers and live music, dance, art gatherings and films.

For more info, visit: Healdsburg SHED, 25 North St Healdsburg, CA 95448. 707-431-7433. Open 8am -9pm; closed Tuesdays. www.healdsburgshed.com.

Photos: SHED Healdsburg