Dinner Shows • Classes • Catering • Culinary Shop
EVOO Cooking School


Sep 13,2018
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm


ZILLA SAKE is a traditional sushi bar in Northeast Portland that has served as a neighborhood favorite for ten years. At Zilla Sake, sushi rolls take a back seat to in-season, superior-quality nigiri and sashimi, sourced from small local purveyors and directly from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market. Our guests value our commitment to craftsmanship, meticulous sourcing of ingredients, and our selection of more than 80 premium sakes—the city’s largest sake program. At Zilla Sake, we strive to connect with our guests on a personal level, so that they may enjoy sushi and sake as much as we do.

Chef Kate Koo, Zilla Sake head sushi chef, began her sushi training in 2000; her education has included both traditional apprenticeships under Japanese chefs and continuous independent study. Koo’s early tutelage informs her exacting approach to the craft: one that honors sushi’s tradition of simplicity and precision while pursuing its unobtainable perfection. She opened the sushi bar at Zilla in the summer of 2008 with a focus on showcasing high quality ingredients in traditional preparations. In the nine years in charge of the sushi program at Zilla Sake, Koo has mentored many young sushi chefs, including Kenji Pakiser, who went on to become the executive chef of Kobe restaurant and sushi bar in Ashland, Oregon. She has taught numerous private sushi classes, and served as an instructor at Sur La Table from 2009 to 2012 as well as at EVOO Cooking School in Cannon Beach. Koo curates Zilla’s expansive sake program of nearly 90 selections. She is a Sake Certified Professional through John Gauntner’s Sake Professional Course. In 2016, Koo passed the international Wine and Spirit Education Trust’s Sake Award Level 3 with distinction; WSET’s highest level of achievement.

And now she has agreed to serve up ZILLA’s best at our location. The evening is for one seating of 25 guests starting at 6:00 pm and ending around 9:00 pm. During service preparation is in front of guests but mostly without commentary. Bob will sous chef and our staff will serve. Chef Kate will share expertise on Sake, which will be especially for those new to sake, but inspiration for even the most experienced sake drinkers.

We are proud to bring such a well-credentialed sushi chef to share with EVOO patrons. If you trust Chef Bob and like/love sushi, sign up even before we have the finalized the menu, so you don’t miss this pop-up event.






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TO BOOK: Call 1-877-436-EVOO (3866)
and speak with an EVOO representative.

All reservations require payment in full at time of booking and all sales are final.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I buy a gift certificate to give someone an EVOO experience?

Yes, at this time we offer gift certificates only at the holidays. And these are only good for the coming (next) year,  applied toward scheduled Dinner Shows, classes or other experiences, not merchandise. They come in increments of $50, $100, to $300. We are always grateful when our guests want to share an EVOO experience. Frequently, guests invite friends or family to come to an experience together, and of course, they pick up the tab. If you cannot coordinate such a visit but still wish to "treat" your friends and family, you may purchase the HOLIDAY gift offer, which starts mid-November until the end of each year. See sample of 2018 gift certificate below.

Are you a restaurant?

YES! EVOO offers unique recreational cooking and dining experiences from hands-on cooking classes to interactive demonstration dinner shows. At all experiences, participants are treated to a full meal.

Why must I pay in advance for reservations at EVOO?

Each of our experiences are price fixed and our ingredient purchases are precise for the number of guests and the menu we are making. And if we have a "no-shows " party, we do not have a convenient way to re-purpose the fresh ingredients our chef carefully purchased from our local farmers, fishers, and ranchers. For some dates we keep a wait list, but a no-show on the night of a reservation doesn't give us enough time to fill in with a waitlisted guest. We appreciate our guest's understanding that this is a necessary and reasonable practice given the circumstances of our events.

Is tip included?

Service tips are not included in our dinner/class pricing. If so inclined your monetary recognition of their professional performance is always appreciated. You may leave cash at the table or when you purchase goods in our store after the dinner, on you credit card.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you have to cancel for any reason you may sell your tickets or give them away. We do not issue refunds for cancellations. We do understand that emergencies occur. If you cannot transfer ownership to someone else, please let us know and we will try to sell your tickets on your behalf. If we do, you may register your attendance on another date, depending upon availability, and such reservations cannot be extended a second time.

Can you recommend lodging?

We recommend you secure lodging before you buy your tickets to our show just in the rare circumstance you do not find lodging for the dates you desire. If you need help with lodging you may go to these websites: Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals for a Cannon Beach bungalow Chamber of Commerce website  at www.cannonbeach.org  

Guide to Cannon Beach at www.cannon-beach.net


May we bring our own wine to a dinner show?

Outside wines at any EVOO experience does not work, because at dinners where the menu is paired to the wines, our pairings are a large part of the experience.  We have many food friendly wines in our store that can be purchased for a la carte menus and experiences that do not include wines. Chef Bob always gives a recommendation for wines that match all of these menus. Beer is also available as are soft natural beverages. Beverages are priced at shelf prices, not wine-list prices.

Why am I asked to give you my food allergies and diet restrictions?

With advance notice, we can make substitutions and alternatives for most common food allergies (i.e. celiac, tree nuts, soy, dairy, etc.); as well as conscientious restrictions such as vegetarian, pescatarian, no pork, etc. Creating these options becomes part of the learning process for everyone attending. In fact, many guests find it interesting how simply adjustments can be made when starting with whole foods and how very close to the original menu item we can make it. Because of the extra time it takes to accommodate these allergies and diet restrictions, we may limit substitutions for preferences or dislikes that are not related to health needs or lifestyle/religious needs. Generally, though, we are able to accommodate diet requests if we have advance notice. All substitutions and alternatives are at the discretion of the chefs. In some instances, our chefs will call you directly before agreeing to accommodate your allergies/restrictions.

Is there an EVOO experience good for somebody who is already a really good cook?

Well, if you get the chance why not let someone else do the cooking? Also really good cooks get their inspiration from cooking shows, magazines and other cooks. And who can say they don't have anything else to learn! Our returning guests generally tell us they always learn something new. Likewise, we always learn from our guests as well. We also get this question from the other side of the coin: "My spouse/partner’s the cook; will I enjoy the dinner shows?" Our answer: Guests who may feel "dragged" along at the very least enjoy their dinner!  Typically though end up really enjoying the show, as well. Besides, they seem to enjoy watching their significant other get into the epicurean enlightenment of the moment. Just relax, while we do all the work! That said, to take your skills to the next level consider our SOUS CHEF OF THE DAY or the INTERNSHIP programs.

What about seating? Should I come early for a good seat?

Please plan to come 15 minutes before the state time of the experience. For most we create a seating chart based on the number and size of the parties that buy tickets for each event, so your seat is reserved. Since we have a small intimate space, we can only fit a certain number of people into each one of our experiences for best results. Therefore, we are unable to give preferential seating to any party or guest based on their preferences. If there is a special need such as wheel chair, hearing or sight impairment, we will make exceptions as best we can. We have many requests for bar seating as well as the high tables behind the bar.  We believe all seats are good seats! NOTE: Parties greater than six often must be split up in deference to our other guests attending. We recommend parties greater than ten reserve the entire date for their private party.  If this is not possible, we may need to limit the size of your group to ten or less and we will not seat such groups together to ensure our remaining guests feel equal at the event.  We also appreciate when large groups reserve their private celebratory actions, such as gift giving and toasting, for after the show.

What about private events?

When groups want a private event, they are required to purchase a minimum of 18-22 seats, depending upon day of the week and time of year. Groups of over 10 must acquire the date of their choice as a private party in most cases, and only if the date of their choice is still available. If their party is less than minimum, the cost to become private is still for the minimum number of  guests. All private events include an additional 18% service fee, and if the menu is customized and/or personalized, additional fees may apply. Please call our reservationist (503-436-8555) to make sure the date you want is available. Chef Bob, personally, will take it from there.  

What other activities do you recommend in Cannon Beach?

Of course, shopping the many quaint shops lining the main street of town is always a favorite activity when in Cannon Beach. Also midtown supports more galleries and shops like Center Diamond.  We also like the History Center, and the Friends of Haystack who support the city's Haystack Awareness program, so be sure to check them out. ` Here are a few of the many places we enjoy:
  1. CB Theatre Always a treat for a very reasonable price!
  2. Galleries of Primary Elements, Northwest By Northwest, Jeffrey Hull Gallery, Ice Fire Glassworks and many more are available almost every day, making our town one of the best art destinations in the US.
  3. NW Women's Surf Camps If you want to learn this invigorating sport, start here. Lexie brings such passion to the art of surfing that you leave with much more than a great day at the beach.
  4. For nostalgic history, follow the S-curves on Hemlock Street south to end of our little town, called Tolovana Park. Here you find "The Lost Art of Nursing Museum." Open Saturdays 1-4 pm, and by appointment; you are guided by Melodie, nurse, proprietor, and curator of this historic, fun and uplifting place.
`And of course if you go to our Chamber of Commerce website you will see lots more activities and things to do in the broader area. A complete guide to CB activities with great photos can be found at Cannon-Beach.net.