Ikura sushi, also known as salmon roe, is a personal favorite. Hiro's shitake mushrooms and broccoli small plates side is a go to dish I prepare weekly to this day.
If Japanese cuisine is on your food radar or you hanker for a tale about the 'little guy' prevailing and especially if you favor both sentiments, then you can't lose with Hiro's Table. HT is a documentary feature over a sixteen-year span as partners in the restaurant and in life, master chef Hiroji Obayashi and his wife Yasuyo, ran Hirozen Gourmet, their Mom and Pop nestled in the unlikely corner of a West Hollywood strip mall, in Los Angeles, CA.
Serving up exquisite food at an affordable price while building community in a large metropolis in a city of transplants - which is much of LA's citizens - is no small feat and yet that is precisely what Hiro's was, a farm to table club house of sorts.
Under Lynn Hamrick's observant gentle eye a tribute to the subtleties of Hiro’s unique culinary vision emerges alongside the perseverance it took for his family to transition from immigrant business owners to established restaurateurs with a loyal following as they experience all the joys and sorrows that entailed.
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'Hiro's Table' won best documentary at the American Asian Latino Film Festival after it's screening May 18 at Cinema Village, in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.
Director Lynn Hamrick was in attendance at the Q and A afterwards where she shared valuable insights about the process of truly independent film making.
'Hiro’s Table' garners attention wherever it screens; winner of the Audience Award 2019 Golden State Film Festival, 2019 Taste Award, Best New Mexico Documentary, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival 2018. HT also screened at film festivals in the Thin Line in Denton, Texas, and twice in Oregon, Portland and Eugene, and three times in New Mexico, twice in Taos and once in Santa Fe. The film continues on a roll gathering awards as it travels the circuit. HT will also screen at WRPN Women’s International Film Festival, and the 1st Annual Boston International Food Film Festival.
Widely loved with cross over appeal in almost a dozen film festivals across the country from the Napa CA Film Festival to the DisOrient Asian America Film Festival, 'Hiro's Table' is a gem still looking for wider distribution. Director Lynn Hamrick and her Academy Award nominated editor Gail Yasunaga, both are UCLA alumnae. This is where Ms. Hamrick earned her Master's degree in film making and Ms Yasunage received her BA.
Tara Fass, LMFT #35078, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles, California. She treats adults and couples dealing with a broad range of issues from navigating the legacy of divorce in one's life, to the quarter life crisis and conscious aging. Together we attempt to make meaning [...]