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Imbiber’s Agenda: Celebrate World Sake Day
Pabu Izakaya honors the Japanese brewed beverage all month long. By Jessica Voelker
Comments () | Published October 1, 2013
TIffany Soto is offering lots of sake classes in October. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

It’s October 1, and the bad news is your government has failed you. The good news: It’s also World Sake Day, and sake is awesome.

How to celebrate? Tiffany Soto, the beverage director at Pabu Izakaya in the Four Seasons Baltimore, is ramping up her sake education program in October, when the brewing season typically begins. On October 5 and 12, she’ll teach her Sake 101 class; Sake 102 classes—for the slightly more advanced student—will be held on the 19th and 26th. The first class covers types of sake, how they’re made, regions, etc. In the second class, you’ll learn how to pair sake with food, among other things. 

In addition to those full-length sessions, Soto will be teaching a short, complimentary lesson during a monthlong sake happy hour showcasing sake cocktails and discounts on glasses and bottles of the Japanese brewed beverage.

Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Pabu chef Jonah Kim is cooking up a sake-influenced version of the restaurant’s popular Santori tasting menu featuring pairings. Finally, on the 10th, the restaurant will host a Kubota sake dinner featuring pours from the prestigious brewer in Japan’s snowy Niigata region. For more information on the classes and dinner, contact Shannon Toback at 410-223-1464.

Here in Washington, you can celebrate by sampling sake at Kaz Sushi Bistro, Sushiko, Izakaya Seki, and Sushi Taro, which have some of the best sake collections in the city. There are also futuristic sake bombs upstairs at Daikaya in Penn Quarter, but a word of warning: Those sneak up on you. Don’t make October the month they found you passed out in front of the Verizon Center.

See Also:
A Beginner’s Guide to Sake
Guide to Japanese Dining in Washington 


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  • DeUgarte

    To our amazing Sake Fans – I regret to inform you that I will no longer be overseeing the beverage programs at PABU Izakaya or the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. Though I would not have chosen to leave the Four Seasons, the hotel has chosen to eliminate the position I held through no fault of my own. Rest assured, nothing in my career has been a source of greater pride for me than the success of these programs, and in particular the love that Baltimore has developed for sake. I will cherish the relationships I have built with each of you along the way. I hope that you will continue to enjoy sake long after my departure, and rest assured that I have come to call Baltimore home, and we intend to stay. If you need to reach me or just need a sake refresher, I can be found at,, or @HeySakeLady. I will miss each and every one of you more than I have words to express.
    Tiffany Dawn Soto

  • DeUgarte

    Check out PABU FB comment from Tiffany Soto...maybe you should do a story on that!!

  • HeySakeLady

    Thank you for all of the Sake Love and Support Washingtonian!!!!

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