Tucson Elites may reside down South by the border, but it was high time we veered East and then West for a fusion of Asian flavors! Elites descended upon Umi Star for the latest and greatest in fresh fish and Asian Fusion creations. Only open for five weeks, Umi’s already the talk of the town and they opened their doors only to Tucson Elite last week for an intimate evening of exquisite culinary delights and cocktails (made to order with house infused liquors). Feast your eyes on this delicious wrap up..!
Elites savored exquisite Japanese fare with a California flare prepared by Executive Chef (owner) Todd Hammerslag and sipped on craft cocktails made to order by Ryan (owner) all night long. It was a serious "wow" fest. New Elite member, Aishan S yelps,"this event was phenomena! The sushi here is absolutely fantastic, and I was completely blown away by their excellent food and service." Tiffany S, an Elite veteran, concurs. "Man, this place is dangerously good. I must say this just might be the best event I've been to so far (and there have been some good events). Elites delighted in several of Chef Todd's unique creations from Ahi Tuna bruschetta, to sashimi to tacos! Alana J exclaims, "the sushi bruschetta was a stroke of genius." How about the tri-tip tacos? Jennifer M had two and wanted five more..Click here for more delicious details!
While savory bites, beer and handcrafted libations circulated all night long, the heat also turned up as DJ Josh spun live tunes and Elites took up the Origami challenge for a chance to win prizes. "Once an open spot freed up at the origami table, I was there the rest of the night," yelps Jessica L. And did you hear the big news? Jenny L and Christy R are no longer (sushi) virgins...Umi Star took my sushi virginity and satisfied! You have to bow down to that kind of power, declares Christy R. After a Lo Pan (Rum infused with green tea) and the Romantic Comedy (aperol, cucumber and fresh lemon) Jenny Y mustered up the courage to eat raw fish and has officially been converted!
And at this Elite only event, it was all about getting to know eachother, creating new friendships and capturing the fun at the photo booth! Gabriel W yelps, "Elite events always have a way of immediately lifting ones spirits and reminding you that good food and good people can solve any sort of reservation. Tonight was an awesome night that goes right up there with the best of the best."
Dōmo arigatō (thank you) to all Jason, Ryan and Todd, owners of Umi Star for and incredible night and for opening your doors exclusively to the Tucson Elite. Thank you also to Elizabeth Miller of Ann Bradford Photography for capturing the fun on camera, DJ Josh for keeping the vibe fun and upbeat, and last but not least the awesome staff at Umi for your superstar service and smiles!
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