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Senia chefs join Bar Leather Apron for Suntory tasting

September 16th, 2016
COURTESY BAR LEATHER APRONBar Leather Apron owner Justin Park, center, is flanked by Senia's Anthony Rush, left, and Chris Kajioka behind the bar at Bar Leather Apron.

COURTESY BAR LEATHER APRON

Bar Leather Apron owner Justin Park, center, is flanked by Senia's Anthony Rush, left, and Chris Kajioka behind the bar at Bar Leather Apron.


If construction and permitting is going as planned, fans of former Vintage Cave executive chef Chris Kajioka only have a few more months to go until his next project, Senia, opens for business in Chinatown.

Before that happens, however, Kajioka and his business partner, British chef Anthony Rush, will join forces with Justin Park of Bar Leather Apron to present an exclusive tasting of products from Japan-based Suntory Whisky along with a selection of specialty cocktails paired with dishes by Kajioka and Rush on Oct. 8.

Bar Leather Apron owner Tom Park (no relation to Justin Park), said earlier this week that less than half of the 50 seats for the event remain at a cost of $250 per person.

“The whisky tasting is (probably) worth $150 alone,” he said via text message. “We’re always so honored to work with Chris and Anthony and their team at Restaurant Senia.

“When we were approached by Suntory to put on a very special, exclusive event, Senia was the obvious choice. We can’t wait to wow our guests!”

Tom Park, who also happens to be a graduate of Iolani School along with Kajioka (and this reporter), said both the food and drink menus will remain secret until the night of the event. But he did send the following shot of a dish he described as “smoked kale and truffle lasagna” and added that it will “all be worth it” for guests willing to trust Justin Park, Kajioka and Rush to take them on an unforgettable culinary journey.

COURTESY RESTAURANT SENIA

COURTESY RESTAURANT SENIA

Want to go? The only way to get a reservation is by emailing Bar Leather Apron directly at info@barleatherapron.com. No phone calls.

Learn more about Senia by following chefs Kajioka (@ckcuisine21) and Rush (@chefantrush) on Instagram, or check out the official account (@restaurantsenia). Bar Leather Apron is online as @barleatherapron; Justin Park (@meanshaka) and Tom Park (@shoedaddy) have personal accounts on Instagram as well.

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