Here was the scene in Japantown today at the Nichi Bei Times Tofu Dessert Competition and Festival. This well-attended event was a benefit for Nihonmachi Little Friends, a local Japanese bilingual and multicultural childcare agency.
NBC Bay Area anchor Mike Inouye just after he mentioned San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi‘s habit of “always looking stunning.” Next to them are fellow judges Chef Libby Oda, House Foods Marketing Supervisor Yoko Difrancia, Daniel Alafetich of Hodo Soy Beanery, and Cathy Inamasu, Executive Director of Nihonmatchi Little Friends. Click to expand:
Tofu Goma Cups from 2006 Cherry Blossom Queen Emily Yukiko Leach. Speaking of which, the 2009 Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade featuring Grand Marshall George Takei is kicking off next month on April 11. Other tofu dessert recipe finalists were Emiko Taki, Helen Lau, Masako Naktani, and Vincent Chang.
The always popular tofu toss:
The mise-en scene, it was Standing Room Only:
Remember, Soy is Joy.
See you next year!