The Waterbury restaurant Zenbarn will host Mamie Nishide, a prominent Japanese chef, for a pop-up dinner on Sunday, Nov. 11, from 4:30 to 10 p.m.

Noah Fishman, Zenbarn owner, says “it’s an opportunity to bring some culture and cuisine to our community that we don’t usually get.”

The menu for the night will include items such as a persimmon cup filled with seasonal mushrooms, gingko nuts and shrimp, saikyo miso marinated fish, chrysanthemum egg soup, and hojicha panna cotta served with soy caramel.

Nishide was born and raised in Japan and came to the United States to study business at Baruch College in New York City. After graduation from business school and a brief career on Wall Street, she abandoned corporate life for her culinary passion.

She now teaches at the Institute for Culinary Education, the Natural Gourmet Institute and other cooking schools. She was a finalist on “Sweet Genius, Food Network TV” and her work was featured in Brides Magazine.

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