Genji Sushi Co-Presents Sustainable Sushi Tasting Event at National Cherry Blossom Festival

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Purveyor of All-Natural Sushi and Japanese Cuisine Celebrates Festival with Multicourse Tasting Menu of Sustainable Fishes

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Genji Sushi, purveyor of all-natural sushi and Japanese cuisine at 134 Whole Foods Markets on the East Coast and in San Francisco, has announced it will co-present the Sustainable Sushi Tasting event with National Geographic Live on March 30, 2011 during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. Featuring a seven-course tasting menu of sustainable fishes and Japanese delicacies designed by Genji Corporate Executive Chef Miki Willis, the event will provide attendees with a journey through sustainably-caught fishes.

“For 99 years, the National Cherry Blossom Festival has celebrated Japan’s gift of cherry blossom trees to the United States, and the enduring friendship between the people of the two countries,” said Shingo Kanai, President and CEO of Genji Sushi. “We are proud to be part of this tradition as co-presenter of the Sustainable Sushi Tasting, and look forward to introducing attendees to new delicious, sustainable Japanese dishes.”

The event’s menu has been artfully designed by Chef Miki, who was inspired early in her career to take an inventive approach to sushi, having trained with Chef Masaharu Morimoto of “Iron Chef” fame. Featured dishes include Wild Salmon Kelp Pastrami over Mizuna Leaf, Ginger Miso-Marinated Spanish Mackerel with Japanese Seven Spice Sauce, and Sweet Shrimp Nigiri with Fried Sweet Shrimp Head. A registered dietitian and nutritionist, Chef Miki’s menu highlights fresh, healthy options that stimulate the palate and meet sustainability standards. In addition to the delectable menu, guests will have the opportunity to discuss sustainable fishing with esteemed sustainability expert Casson Trenor, author of the book Sustainable Sushi.

The Sustainable Sushi Tasting event will be held on Wednesday, March 30 from 7PM to 9PM at National Geographic, located at 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets are $100 and are available online or by calling (202) 857-7700. Event attendees must be 21 years of age and older.

About Genji Sushi
Established in 1997, Genji Sushi is dedicated to the finest quality all-natural sushi and Japanese-inspired cuisine in a grab‐and‐go style. Its sushi bars are located within 134 Whole Foods Market locations in 18 states and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.K. At each location, skilled chefs prepare a variety of fresh items on‐site, including raw, cooked, vegetarian and vegan-friendly sushi and sides. The company’s goal is to contribute towards healthier food consumption habits on a global level. For more information, visit http://www.genjiweb.com.

National Geographic Live is a branded series of events including live concerts, films and dynamic presentations by today's leading explorers, scientists, filmmakers and photographers covering a wide range of topics including exploration and adventure; wildlife and habitat; natural phenomena; and relevant issues such as climate change and energy conservation. Proceeds from speaker series ticket sales help fund future National Geographic initiatives in field research, exploration and education.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is Washington, DC's and the nation's greatest springtime celebration. The 2011 Festival, March 26 - April 10, includes three spectacular weekends and daily events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. The 2011 Festival commemorates the 99th anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan. http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.

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