Guess who’s cooking a Natto Day dinner?

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UPDATE: The Natto Day dinner is now full. If you were shut out this time, we’ll be back with a new all-natto feast this winter

Natto lovers, never mind that Natto Day is July 10. You’re invited to a multi-course Natto Day dinner by Pig and the Lady on July 12. And there’ll be dessert!

Where? Lemongrass Cafe, Pig and the Lady’s upcoming permanent nighttime digs (don’t worry, they’re continuing their Wednesday Blaisdell and Thursday Kailua evening farmers’ market appearances). That, and the details below, are all I know for now. But I have to tell you, for Pig and the Lady chef Andrew Le, this one’s like opening up the secret ingredient basket and finding that one thing he’s never cooked with. Le, a product of Chef Mavro’s five-diamond kitchen and a starchefs.com Rising Star, is comfortable in elegant French, contemporary Italian, deconstructed Southeast Asian, and of course home-style Vietnamese traditions. But the slimy stinky bean? Loves it, never cooked with it. This will be his first time. So we’re in for some surprises.

I’d show you some food pics, but I have no idea what he’s doing. So here’s Le on the left and his brother Alex on the right, who are together making this happen: course after course of natto delights, the likes of which I can promise you’ve never seen before.

What: (Belated) Natto Day dinner
When: Friday, July 12 at 7 p.m.
Where: Lemongrass Cafe, 83 N. King St.
Cost: $45pp not including tip
BYOB: Yes
Parking: Municipal lot on Smith Street behind Lemongrass

This (belated) Natto Day feast is open to any and all who love natto, and that’s the only caveat: You must eat natto. Sorry to natto-hating companions, but this is the day we revel in the too-much-maligned bean. Please RSVP here, to @nonstopmari on Twitter or message me on Facebook.

And now, as a PSA, some quick natto FAQs.

What’s natto?
Soybeans! Actually, soybeans that have been fermented at warm temperatures until they turn pungent and slick, with waving tendrils of slime. There are all kinds of varieties. Natto is rich in vitamin K and is thought to reduce the risk of blood clotting. And while many in Hawaii love it in sushi or on poke bowls, the 70 percent of Japanese who like natto usually have it for breakfast.

Why is July 10 Natto Day?
In Japanese, 7-10 can be pronounced na-to. They’re punny, the Japanese.

What happens on Natto Day?
All over Japan, natto is served. At home, people cook with natto. Check out this midsummer delight that 7-Elevens in Japan featured last year. And somewhere, a Miss Natto handed out 250 packs of free natto.

Video: Nonstop’s Un-Valentine Natto Dinner by Grant Kawasaki at Dash Gastropub

Photos: Nonstop’s Natto Day Dinner 2012 at Tokkuri-Tei

20 comments
nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

UPDATE: saturday nite, we have maxed out reservations at 47. the dinner is now completely booked.

 @Lifes2Short @JennSuzuki @DannyVasconcellosJr @konaish we'll see u at lemongrass on july 12! everyone else, i'll confirm via facebook, email or however else you made ur reservation, nat-to worry! :D

 

 

 

 

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

saturday morning, we're at 35?

Lifes2Short
Lifes2Short

Mari ... not sure if you got a friend of mine ... Lisa K. and her Mom attending the Natto event too.  - Garrett

DannyVasconcellosJr
DannyVasconcellosJr

Please count me in for two!  Looking forward to first Natto dinner and done by Andrew and Alex.  Niiiiiice!

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

update: thurs morning, count is somewhere in the high 20s?

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

Boo!! I will be in Taipei at that time. 

konaish
konaish

Count me in for sure! I'm very excited to have Andrew & Alex preparing the dinner. I'm a huge Pig and the Lady fan and it'll be nice to have it in their new home. Can't wait! 

Lifes2Short
Lifes2Short

Count me in ... I'm looking forward to slime taken to a new level - Garrett  ... yikes new to posting stuff .. I'll post it on facebook to and see if I can get more folks to join us!

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@petercci thot u might like to know!

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

before i lose count, need to get this on record: 9pm wednesday, we have 16 confirmed

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@DannyVasconcellosJr u got it, danny, see u guys on the 12th!

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

@JennSuzuki ok see u guys on the 12th!

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @nonstopmari I'll post my stinky tofu while you guys enjoy natto. Actually I will more likely be eating snake bile soup.

konaish
konaish

 @nonstopmari I wouldn't miss it!  Hey, then that's 3 in a row that you organized. It would be 4 with Naru, but that wasn't an official Natto Day dinner.