Japan Relief Benefit at Yoshi’s S.F.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Yoshi’s has announced a collaborative Japan Relief Benefit on Saturday, April 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore between Eddy and Ellis streets.

Yoshi’s San Francisco will host 13 chefs from celebrated Bay Area restaurants for an afternoon filled with delicious food, great wine and sake, all accompanied by live musical entertainment. Tickets are $75 per person and 100 percent of proceeds will go to the American Red Cross for Japan relief.

Sho Kamio, Yoshi’s executive chef, will be joined by Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani (Terra and Ame), Bruce Hill (Bix, Picco and Zero Zero), Chris Cosentino (Incanto, Boccalone), Staffan Terje (Perbacco and Barbacco), Ravi Kapur (Prospect), Paul Canales (ex-Oliveto), Ken Tominaga (Hana and Go Fish), Joseph Manzare (Hecho, Globe and Zuppa), Hoss Zare (Zaré at Fly Trap), Michael Morrison (Moss Room and Coco 500) and Yasu Iwata (Delica).

To further celebrate the interconnection between the Bay Area and Japanese culture, Grammy-nominated Anthony Brown’s Asian American Jazz Orchestra will be providing live entertainment featuring prominent Bay Area musicians, including Mark Izu, Jon Jang, Wayne Wallace, Francis Wong and many more, with special guests Murasaki Ensemble, Rhythmix Taiko, and SambAsia.

Also present at the event will be the American Red Cross, including Harold Brooks, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, as well as members of the Ogawa family, who through Crowdrise and Hands for Japan have challenged the public to raise $1 million for relief efforts in Japan. For every tax-deductible dollar donated, the Ogawa family will match the contribution dollar for dollar up to $500,000. Members of the family will be at Yoshi’s San Francisco to speak about their efforts. A silent auction will take place during the relief benefit with many special treats and surprises.

“We hope you will join together with Yoshi’s San Francisco, these incredible chefs, musicians and community representatives to raise money for Japan in their monumental time of need, with a goal of raising money to aid in the rebuilding of cities, towns, farms, and helping individual growers, farmers, producers and fishermen,” Yoshi’s said in a statement.

Tickets are available at www.yoshis.com.

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