Historical Sushi Dinners
Trevor Corson hosted a series of historical sushi dinners for about six years, based mainly in New York City. The dinners received wide media coverage and educated attendees on the gastronomic and ecological benefits of traditional sustainable seafood.
Drawing on his extensive Japanese-language research into the history of Japan's cuisine, Trevor collaborated closely with traditionally-trained Japanese master chefs. Together they designed menus representing a more diverse style of sushi, truer to the roots of the cuisine as it was probably eaten a century ago.
At each meal Trevor guided his guests through the menu, weaving anecdotes from his research together with real-time tips on how to appreciate the skills of a old-fashioned sushi chef, in the process revealing secrets of sushi history, craft, appreciation, and etiquette that often came as a surprise even to seasoned sushi aficionados.
Describing one of Trevor's historical sushi dinners in New York City, journalist and sustainable seafood expert Paul Greenberg wrote in The New York Times Magazine:
Trevor Corson is an East Asia scholar turned popular nonfiction writer and author of the 2007 book The Story of Sushi, and for select groups he will act as a "sushi concierge," hosting dinners often at the Jewel Bako Japanese restaurant in Manhattan’s East Village, one of which I attended this past winter. A Corson-guided meal aims to reveal the historical truth of tuna and to represent the very different fish that were the staples of sushi in earlier times. Plate by plate I watched as Corson walked a group of Manhattan professionals through a traditional Edo-period meal.
Trevor's historical sushi dinners have also been featured on Japanese national television and in The New York Times Dining & Wine section, The Washington Post, Food & Wine, Time Out New York, Tasting Table, Washington City Paper, United Airlines Hemispheres magazine, Plate Magazine, and other publications.
Historical Sushi Dinners in New York City with Trevor Corson
Japan National Broadcasting