A Box of Seasonal Tastes: Artisanal Bento from shiki nyc
Ever since the Slow Food and Edible Schoolyard Project movements, the US has seen an increasing trend of eating fresh, locally grown ingredients. In Japan, the concepts of seasonality and sustainability have been common for centuries. A new made-to-order bento and catering company, shiki nyc, is now bringing handcrafted bento boxes to New York. Shiki means “four seasons” in Japanese, and shiki nyc’s bento boxes naturally celebrate the beauty of seasonal ingredients, which are excellent in both taste and nutrition. Founder Misako Izawa, a former fashion editor in Japan, is particularly meticulous about the presentation of the bento. “Colorful bentos are not only beautiful and appetizing to look at, but are also nutritiously well balanced,” says Ms. Izawa. Some of shiki nyc’s signature items include Vegetable Mousse (light-as-air mousse made from seasonal vegetables), Kale Salad with Tofu Paste, Tosazu Jelly (a summery dashi (broth)-and-vinegar Jell-O-like dish using vegetables), and Lotus Root Croquette (a crusty croquette featuring crisp, yet sticky lotus root). Shiki nyc has a standard bento menu, but customized bentos can also be created upon request. “Twenty dollars per bento box is not always an everyday price for everyone, but I want you to enjoy it as a treat for those busy days in the city. It will help you reset your mind!” says Ms. Izawa.The minimum order is five bento boxes, and you must order at least two days in advance.