- $109 for a sushi-making date for two ($200 value)
Sushi lesson and meal with 2 appetizers, 2 sushi dishes, 2 glasses of champagne, and 1 dessert
A sushi making date with Raw Romance has three distinct phases. Phase 1 begins as couples gather at a restaurant and have their photo snapped to memorialize the date. Next, each date pair joins a sushi chef to create two appetizers, which they even get to name themselves. Phase 2 begins following the appetizer course, where couples meet with a second chef, under whose guidance they carefully assemble—and again name—two sushi or sashimi dishes. After each party is finished devouring their creations, couples move on to Phase 3. The date ends by finishing a glass of champagne and sharing dessert in the restaurant’s lounge. Here, and throughout the night, couples will have the opportunity to mingle with others and enjoy a variety of games. All guests take home a souvenir menu of the created dishes and a picture, as well as the food they’ve made.
As its name suggests, Raw Romance was designed as a romantic date. The namesake "rawness" isn't a reference to attendees' passion, though—really, it refers to their fish. Over the course of the date, duos sip cocktails while crafting sushi rolls and sashimi bites, guided by a professional chef. At the date's end, they eat their creations, and take home a keepsake menu that's decorated with photos of their handiwork and their teamwork in the kitchen. And since cleanup's left to the professionals, couples won't fight about how to load a dishwasher.