The Art of Sushi Making (& Sake Tasting) at China Grill, Ft. Lauderdale

September 10th | October 8th | November 12th | December 10th

Golden Dragon Roll

After the overwhelming response to their first Sake, Maki & Roll Sushi School, China Grill Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina is extending the education culinary program to take place on the second Saturday of every month. Guests are invited to a tasting and teaching session at the popular dining destination that includes sake sampling, instructions on the art of sushi making and a delicious meal of maki, sushi and tempura that the students will assist in preparing. The class begins with a crash course on sake including how it’s made and the history of the Japanese libation, followed by a tasting of five Ty-Ku Sakes and Liqueurs paired with signature selections from the restaurant including Tuna Tartare on Wonton Crisps, Salmon Crudo and Dancing Unagi. While enjoying the pairings, pupils will learn the basics for at-home sushi preparation – from tools and traditions to different types of sushi and, of course, a lesson in one of the most important components, the sushi rice. The class then continues with hands-on sushi rolling instruction from Executive Sushi Chef Songphon Rawangphan. The session concludes with a demo of Ty-Ku sake fusion cocktails that are all under 100 calories each and a bite of dessert. All students will also receive a take home gift for their hard work.

Space is limited and  it will sell out so be sure to make your reservation in advance. To reserve your seat call 954.759.9950. 

WHEN: Second Saturday of every month (9/10/11, 10/8/11, 11/12/11, 12/10/11) From 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

COST: $59.00 + tax

WHERE: China Grill, Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina
1881 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
954.759.9950 |


DIY Candy Sushi Desserts with Chef Ursula Rafer

DIY Candy Sushi

Guest Post by Chef Ursula Rafer

I love sushi!  It looks beautiful, the presentation is sophisticated, and it reminds me of special dinners spent with my little sister Katlyn.  I understand, however; that raw fish and masago are not everyone’s favorite… so when I am entertaining and I can’t bear to leave it out…I make Candy Sushi instead!  (Actually, granola bars and other healthy, but tasty goodies are used).

Candy Sushi is simple enough for kids to make and fancy enough to impress all your guests!  It is perfect for any occasion and the talk of every dessert table I’ve ever done.

Plus, it can be made a day or two ahead if needed. (Love planning ahead!)

Below is a step by step guide to Sashimi Over Rice (Candy Sushi Part 1)


Here’s your ingredients list:

1 box of Chewy Protein Bars. (I love Bunny Bars and Think Thin because they taste amazing and are low calorie= we can eat more)

1 box of fruit leather or strips…Dark fruit makes the seaweed look more realistic. (Archer Farms brand from Target have great flavor are nice and sticky for molding)

1 bag Swedish Fish Candies (any colors work, but need to be full size fish)

Sushi Spoons or paper liners for presentation

Optional: Orange or Black Sprinkles for Masago (Fish Eggs)

Optional Sprinkles

Step 1: Cut your Granola Bars into roughly inch cubes. These will be the rice for our Sashimi to be placed on.

Step 1

After all your bars are cut…

Step 2: Cut or peel fruit leather into strips. This will be our seaweed.

Step 2

Step 3: On each granola rice square place one Swedish fish in the center and 1 strip of fruit seaweed lengthwise.

Step 3

Step 4: If you are not adding sprinkles as Masago… you can place each Sashimi piece folding the fruit seaweed underneath (it should stick to itself pretty well) and place on a spoon or liner.

Step 4

Step 5: For the Masago, pour a few sprinkles in a bowl or a clean palm and dip the seaweed/fish side in it…Sprinkles will stick well to fruit roll.

Step 5

Finally, Place liners in a sushi boat or on a tray to display.  For delicious, but realistic looking sides I use Amber Agave for soy sauce, peach fruit roll for ginger and 2 smashed green Swedish fish rolled into balls for wasabi.

Candy Sushi

Making 50 of these took only about a half hour in the kitchen. Setting up an assembly line for large batches works well, and is fun to do with girlfriends before your shower, wedding or shindig!

Candy Sushi Boat

This boat looks amazing and tastes even better!  They were gobbled up in seconds at this shower.


Note: Granola Bars make for very realistic rice!

I hope you enjoyed this  D.I.Y.  If you did please comment and we will make sure you learn parts 2, and 3 soon.  See preview pic below:

Complete Candy Sushi Platter

Happy Rolling 🙂

About Chef Ursula Rafer, RYT
Chef Rafer lives in Delray Beach, Fl with her husband, Sheridan, and Lab, Tommy. She was crazy enough to cater her own wedding and loves D.I.Y. projects, painting, making fatty recipes healthy, brewing beer, gardening, and creating fabulous events through her businesses. Ursula is a trained/certified Artist, Chef, Yoga Instructor and Teacher. She owns and Cupcakechef.comFor more of her recipes see Greenfoodie.wordpress.comFor help getting fit visit

This Week’s Coming Attractions :: June 17 – June 22

This Week is the perfect time…..

To Strut: Palm Beach Style Rocks – Jazz on the Palm, Clematis Street will take place Friday, June 17 from 7pm to 10pm. Join Virginia Lang from Wild 95.5 as she emcees the event while models and firefighters strike a pose on the runway.

To Cook: Unleash your inner Julia and take a culinary class on Saturday, June 18 at the gorgeous Biltmore hotel in Miami. Create delicious food in their professional kitchen while learning from the pros.

To Brunch: Spoil Dad on Sunday, June 19th at Big City Tavern, City Oyster & Sushi Bar or City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill.  The restaurants are launching three new weekend brunch menus that include a delicious array of options and $12 unlimited Mimosas (with purchase of entrée).

To Eat: Go meatless on Monday, June 20th at Sustain Restaurant and Bar in Miami. Their food is delicious. Don’t believe us, check out this review.

To Learn: Bring the whole family and participate in the Moonlight, Sea Turtles and you event at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science on Tuesday, June 21. The hand-on adventure begins at 9pm and you will learn interesting facts about nesting, threats and conservation. For additional Sea Turtle walks call 954-713-0930.

To Drink: Texas De Brazil in Miami will be hosting a one-of-a-kind savory summer cocktail class on Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30pm. Guests will learn how to make traditional Brazilian cocktails including Texas De Brazil’s signature Caipirinha. Space is limited and you must be 21 or older to register. Call 305-695-7702 for more information.