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Culture Club Dashi’s owners – Rochelle Johnson, Nick HawthorneJohnson, and Billy and Kelli Cotter – and managers recently traveled to Tokyo to do culinary research for the ramen shop and izakaya. Satoshi Katakura, the owner of Hiro izakaya in the Nakameguro neighborhood, is a chef they’ve known since 2015, and they have begun a “cultural exchange program” with him. Satoshi came to North Carolina and worked at Dashi for a couple of weeks in the summer of 2016. This summer, Billy, along with David Bernstein and Jonathan

Montrose (Dashi’s sous chefs), not only worked at Hiro, but also went out with Satoshi in the mornings to source what they were cooking that night from the Tsukiji Fish Market. Satoshi returned to Durham in August, and in celebration, Dashi hosted four special nights of omakase meals. Omakase translates to, “I’ll leave it up to you.” It’s an opportunity for a chef to utilize the freshest ingredients of the day and be able to draw outside of the lines of what is on their daily restaurant menu.

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