Eat Ramen Help Japan event raises money for tsunami victims
|A benefit with good taste|
Kenji Okumura explained that his parents live in Japan and when disaster struck, he was left wondering what he could do to help. Thankfully, his family was safe. He considered doing the entire event himself, cooking up hundreds of bowls of ramen solo. Lucky for him, other tastemakers were motivated and got involved.
|Tim McKee representing Masu|
Tim McKee and Alex Chase of Masu served bowl after bowl, having to call the restaurant for some added supplies as the rest of the entrants began to run out of food as early as an hour and a half after the event began. Fulton beer also eventually ran out of supplies, exclaiming that while they expected a lot of people, they were still overwhelmed.
Guests performed karaoke from Bjork to Bon Jovi as revelers waited for the announcement of the winner. That honor went to Moto-i. Its "dry" entry included the fresh noodles topped with caramelized wood-ear mushrooms, pickled onions, dashi, green onions, zippy chile oil, and a perfectly poached egg, which acted as a sauce.
The real winner was Second Harvest of Japan. Early estimates put the number of bowls served at around 700.