From Seed to Fruit: Five Seasons Dinner Society Invites Guests to Savor the Whole Life of the Vegetable
Five Seasons Dinner Society: The Season of Fruition
“Five Seasons Dinner Society (Goki-zen-no-kai): The Season of Fruition” was an event held at SHISEIDO THE TABLES, on the fourth floor of SHISEIDO THE STORE in Ginza, Tokyo, allowing visitors to savor the “whole life of the vegetable” and hear directly from those who make these fine dining experiences possible.
The Five Seasons Dinner Society’s name refers to the five seasons of plant growth: “Buds,” “New Leaves,” “Blossoming,” “Fruition,” and “Storing.” At the dinner, an exclusive menu covering all five of these seasons with rice, one soup, and three other dishes was served. The five plates represented the five stages of life for vegetables and herbs: seeds, roots, leaves, flowers, and fruit.
Left: Tomoko Ozawa, food designer, Mocomeshi. Right: Kazuya Takahashi, traditional vegetable grocer, warmerwarmer
Each meeting of the Five Seasons Dinner Society is divided into three parts. First, food designer Tomoko Ozawa of Mocomeshi and traditional vegetable grocer Kazuya Takahashi discuss the menu they had developed. Next, attendees enjoy that menu for themselves. And finally, in the third part, a special guest with some connection to the menu for that evening speaks to the assembled diners.
Hitoshi Gomi, Gomi Shoyu (miso company with 150-year history)
For the “Season of Fruition” meeting held in August, this final special guest was Hitoshi Gomi. Gomi is the sixth-generation manager of Gomi Shoyu, which has made Koshu miso in Yamanashi Prefecture for 150 years. The August 23 meal featured original miso made especially for SHISEIDO THE TABLES, and tastings of miso and amazake (a sweet, low-alcohol fermented rice drink) were also available.
The full menu for the evening was:
- Pumpkin soup and tomato tadka
- Ginger turmeric rice
- Shrimp and green bean poppy seed sauce
- Steamed pumpkin leaves and mint miso
- Orange daylily marinated in oil
- And, for dessert, kohakuto (amber jelly candy)
Although each meeting of the Five Seasons Dinner Society is a once-only event, the meal served will be available at SHISEIDO THE TABLES until October 17 for 3,500 JPY (excluding tax)—but exclusively by reservation, and only on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays. The rich flavors of the “season of fruition” are not to be missed for any adventurous eater!
◆ SHISEIDO THE TABLES
Address: 4th floor, SHISEIDO THE STORE, Ginza 7-8-10, Chuo, Tokyo