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November 21, 2017
baiku sushi blog

At BaiKu Sushi Lounge, we like to think we know quite a bit about sake. But we have to bow down to our Sake Master, Monica Samuels. She’s an absolute boss at all things sake, and we’re proud to have her on our team!

A Japanese-American, Monica spent her childhood traveling between the States and Japan. She’s worked in sake for over a decade in restaurants, distributors, and now as an importer. You could say she was pretty much born into the sake business. After all, her grandfather worked at a sake brewery, so Monica became familiar with the sake scene pretty early on!

Monica has also received some pretty serious accolades. She was included in Wine Enthusiast’s “40 Under 40” in 2014 and earned the title of “Sake Samurai” in 2017! She’s also had the pleasure of teaching about sake for the Culinary Institute of America, the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, and the Taster’s Guild of America. You can also find her assessing sake for several organizations, including the International Wine Challenge in the UK and Japan.

Want to watch Monica work wonders with our sake? Come out for our special Sake + Sushi Dinner on Friday, December 15 at 7 p.m. and let our Sake Master show you how sake’s layers of umami and refinement can transform your dining experience! Trust us, you won’t want to miss out on this!


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