• Kenobi Restaurant and Sushi Bar
(10000 Research, 241-0119, www.kenobiaustin.com
) hosts a celebratory new year's feast and first anniversary party with a Japanese-fusion menu designed by new Executive Chef Egil Valentin
, to pay tribute to the Asian tradition of "reunion dinners." The four-course dinner is $40 per person; guests may choose to enhance their meals with a selection from Kenobi's impressive sake
menu or, for an extra $12, "toast the new year with a variety of premium Japanese sake
flights." Reservations suggested. Wednesday evening, Jan. 21.
• Hayashi Sushi & Grill (1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., 986-7176, www.hayashigrill.com) chef/owner Cheng Lin has created a unique series of sake tastings and food pairings. For $45 per person, guests select five dishes from a list of delectable choices, each perfectly paired with a premium Japanese sake. Seating is limited, and reservations are necessary. Friday, Jan. 23, 6-9pm.