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Sake Dinner at Jimmy Wan's Cranberry

Updated: Feb 4, 2020

Deb's Sake mentor and renowned Sake Expert Chris Griese will be joining restaurateur Jimmy Wan to do an exploration of food and Sake pairing at Jimmy Wan's Cranberry Location.

This dinner will include locally-sourced, artisanal pan-Asian cuisine by the amazing team at Jimmy Wan's as well as a curated selection of high-end Sake, hand selected by Chris and Deb.

Sake Pairing Dinner

Wednesday, February 19th

Starts at 6:30 pm

$75+ tax & tip per person

Contact Jimmy Wan’s directly at 724.778.8978 to secure your spot*

*Credit card required to book the reservation. 

**No-shows and cancellations after February 15th are subject to a $30 per person fee. 



| Organic Little Gem Salad |

organic blueberry, raspberry, honey walnut, Asian apple vinaigrette

Sake Pairing

Dewatsuru Sakura Emaki Rose, Akita


| Sunrise Roll |

cucumber, avocado, tempura, spicy aioli, topped with Japanese red snapper, mango salsa, Thai tomato salsa, cilantro sauce

| Oyster Mushroom Nigiri |

soy marinated, sesame seed

Sake Pairing

Tsukinowa Moon Ring Tokubetsu Junmai, Iwate


| Fried Chive Dumpling |

pork, chive, scallion

Sake Pairing

Kitsukura Taruzake Honjozo, Nagano


| Hamachi Kama |

grilled yellowtail collar, kosher salt, ground daikon radish, lemon, soy

Sake Pairing

Moto-I Mioko Shizuku, Shiboritate, Nama, Genshu Junmai, Minnesota


| Steamed Red Bean Bun |

adzuki red bean

| Sesame Seed Ball |

red bean paste, sticky rice flour

Sake Pairing

Miyashita Sacred Mist Nigori Honjozo, Okayama



Chris Griese, WSET III Sake

Eastern USA Sales Manager Sake Story

About sake, Griese says, “Who knew it could be so amazing?” After discovering the incredible quality and diversity of artisan sake in 2006, he launched a personal “sake crusade” across the State of Minnesota, believing that enlightened wine drinkers should discover the beauty of sake. Chris received an Advanced Sake Professional II certification in Tokyo two weeks prior to the tragic Fukushima earthquake and tsunami; he was tapped by the London based Wine & Spirits Educators Trust to become one of the first Level III Sake Educators in the US.

Chris has made multiple trips to Japan to maintain brewery relationships and continue his sake studies. During the past two winters Chris has brewed sake at Minnesota’s own Moto-I Brewery, where he learned in detail the intricacies and challenges of the brewing process. In 2018, Griese joined Sake Story Imports as Eastern US Sales Manager, a position that enables him to carry the “Jizake” message well beyond Minnesota.

Griese admits that his sake-centric world-view may be an anomaly but insists that one taste of a hand-made Junmai-shu paired with local ramen or a Primanti's sandwich…is a guaranteed epiphany.



Founded in 2006 by Pittsburgh restaurateurs Jimmy Sr. and his wife Kathy, Jimmy Wan’s is the couple’s fourth restaurant designed to celebrate authentic cuisine, culinary innovation, and traditional family values.

Since 1985, the Wan family has been working to create welcoming restaurants that deliver a memorable experience and unique flavors. Within this work has emerged a collection of restaurants that not only create a truly unique dining experience, but foster the family and community-minded values that set small businesses apart from highly-saturated chains. What results is expertly-crafted fresh food, unparalleled customer services, and memorable meals made-to-order each and every day.

Jimmy Wan’s Restaurant & Lounge sets out to take everything you know about Chinese dining and turn it on its head. By locating the intersection of innovation and tradition, they’ve crafted authentic flavors into crowd-pleasing favorites that are anything but ordinary.

Contact Jimmy Wan’s directly at 724.778.8978 to secure your spot for this amazing dinner!

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