STARR RESTAURANTS AND IRON CHEF MORIMOTO PRESENT: MORIMOTO FOR JAPAN A special evening to benefit the Philadelphia-Japan Disaster Relief Fund June 7, 2011 May 2, 2011 (Philadelphia, PA) – On Tuesday, June 7th, renowned Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and STARR Restaurants will present their best collaboration to date, as they host Morimoto for Japan. Philadelphia’s Morimoto restaurant will shut its doors for a private event where guests will enjoy a live cooking demonstration, live auction, and a memorable dining experience. All proceeds will be donated to the Philadelphia-Japan Disaster Relief Fund. A cocktail hour will kick off the evening, where champagne, sushi and hors d’oeuvres will be passed. Guests will watch a live demonstration, when Chef Morimoto showcases his knife skills as he prepares a 200-lb tuna. Following the cocktail hour, guests will sit down to a special five-course Omakase tasting menu created by Chef Morimoto, with expertly selected beverage pairings. The menu will feature dishes including toro tartare with guacamole panna cotta and hamachi pastrami, and a Morimoto surf & turf with lobster and wagyu. In addition to the regular dining room, the upstairs lounge and downstairs Private Omakase Room will be sold as a singular group experience and includes one-on-one time with Chef Morimoto. Towards the end of dinner, Philadelphia’s historic Freeman’s Auction House will contribute to the relief efforts by facilitating a live auction featuring a handful of unique experiences, like dinner for 10 prepared by Chef Morimoto in a private home. The goal is to raise $30,000 for Japan, while providing guests with a remarkable dining experience. Autographed, limited-edition Morimoto for Japan t-shirts and signed Morimoto cookbooks will be for sale. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. Event Details: Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Time: 6:30 PM-10:00 PM Location: 723 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 Pricing: $300.00/person dining room $350.00/person lounge (includes face-time with Chef Morimoto) – SOLD OUT $400.00/person Private Omakase Room (includes two extra courses and face-time with Chef Morimoto) Purchase: 215.413.9070 Generous sponsors of Morimoto for Japan include Freeman’s Auction House, Joto Sake, Party Rental Ltd., Fiji Water, PTM Sport, Sedso Design, Ruinart Champagne, Trimbach, Trinchero Family Estates, Eventions Productions, True World Foods, Southern Wine & Spirits, and WJ Deutsch. To learn more about the Philadelphia-Japan Disaster Relief Fund please visit ABOUT STARR RESTAURANTS Founded in 1995 by Stephen Starr, Philadelphia-based STARR Restaurants is one of the fastest growing multi-concept restaurant companies in the country. Starr Restaurants include Buddakan, Morimoto, The Continental, Barclay Prime, Continental Mid-Town, El Vez, Jones, Alma de Cuba, Pod, Parc, Butcher and Singer, Pizzeria Stella, El Rey, Ranstead Room, The Dandelion, Talula’s Garden and seasonal food-stand SquareBurger in Philadelphia and Morimoto and Buddakan in New York City’s thriving Meatpacking District. Starr Restaurants expanded to Atlantic City, NJ, with Buddakan and Continental restaurants at the Pier Shops at Caesars in 2006 and to Fort Lauderdale, opening Steak 954 at the W Fort Lauderdale in 2009 and most recently Makoto in the Bal Harbour Shops in Miami. STARR Events is the group’s full-service catering and special events division, managing projects including Granite Hill at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Rat’s Restaurant at Grounds For Sculpture. Stephen Starr has earned numerous awards and accolades, and was named “Restaurateur of the Year” by Bon Appétit magazine in 2005 and Zagat Survey New York City in 2007. Starr also received the TimeOut New York Readers’ Choice Award for “Best New Out-of-Town Restaurateur” in 2007. For more information, please visit