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Awamori Sunrise w/ Kellie Thorn
What's that on the horizon? It's the Awamori Sunrise!

Set sail with Sake School of America’s Toshio Ueno as he introduces you to one of Japan's craft spirits: Awamori. We will go further in-depth about the three featured awamori, and more exciting information! Our guest presenter, an Awamori Jinbner, will share their thoughts on awamori, cocktails, and fun food pairings outside of Japanese food. All sessions will be followed by a Q&A section.

At the end of each session, we will have a mini quiz and if you're able to answer all the questions correctly, you will have a chance to win our Shochu Adviser Class! We will have one winner per session. Those who answer the quiz correctly will be entered into a randomized drawing and winners will be announced the following day. Join us every session for more chances to win!

Our final guest, Kellie Thorn has been in the restaurant industry for nearly twenty years and bartending for the last seventeen. In 2013, Kellie became the Beverage Director for Hugh Acheson Restaurants. She has served on the Advisory Council for Atlanta Food and Wine helped to organize annual charity events for Wholesome Wave Georgia and Community Farmer’s Market and is currently serving on the Grants Committee for the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. In 2017 she was awarded the Les Dames D’Escoffier Legacy Award, and in 2018 she was named one of Wine Enthusiasts 40 under 40 Tastemakers.

*** MM Sake is currently offering 15% off their shochu/awamori! ***
Taste with us or try out something new using the discount code: JCS15

Awamori Sunrise will be held during February (Shochu Month) and the first week of March, with different guests from the professional bar and restaurant scene! Please be sure to follow Sake School of America on our website, Instagram, and Facebook for updates on upcoming events.

Find out more about Awamori Jinbner and Awamori here: https://okinawa-awamori.or.jp/awamori/jinbner/

Mar 3, 2021 03:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Kellie Thorn
Spirits Educator, Beverage Director, Drinks Consultant
Atlanta-born Kellie Thorn has been in the restaurant industry for nearly twenty years and bartending for the last seventeen. In 2013, Kellie became the Beverage Director for Hugh Acheson Restaurants. Kellie believes that 'a rising tide lifts all boats’, and she has turned her attention to utilizing her knowledge base to educate her peers. Kellie is a BNIC Certified Cognac Educator, passing the Certification in Cognac France in April 2015, as well as a WSET Certified Level Three Spirits Educator, among her many other distinctions. She has served on the Advisory Council for Atlanta Food and Wine helped to organize annual charity events for Wholesome Wave Georgia and Community Farmer’s Market and is currently serving on the Grants Committee for the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. In 2017 she was awarded the Les Dames D’Escoffier Legacy Award, and in 2018 she was named one of Wine Enthusiasts 40 under 40 Tastemakers.
Toshio Ueno
Vice President & Co-Founder @Sake School of America
Certified Master Sake & Shochu Sommelier, Certified Sake Educator. Born in Japan where his family has grown Japanese wine grape, Koshu, for generations, Toshio grew up helping the business from a young age. Following his college education in the US and employment at an international trading company in Tokyo, Toshio joined Chateraise, a pastry and wine company as Director of Sales. Toshio joined Mutual Trading Company in 2002, where he is Director of Sake Specialist Division in marketing Japanese foods, Jizake, and Shochu to the mainstream American trade. Toshio Ueno was awarded the prestigious title of Sake Samurai in 2016. He is the only one in the world to hold Master of Sake, Master Sake Sommelier, and a WSET Sake Educator diploma. Since 2010, Toshio has been the Vice President & Executive Instructor at Sake School of America and continues to judge some of the top wine and spirits competitions in the U.S. and internationally.