Chris Smith: MVP Stephen Curry wins also a sushi roll from Sonoma County chef Ken Tominaga
Hours after the Warriors’ Stephen Curry accepted his historic MVP award on Tuesday, he scored a sushi roll from a renowned Sonoma County chef thrilled to have fed one of the greatest basketball players ever.
“That was exciting for me,” Ken Tominaga said. He’s acclaimed for the edible artistry at both his Hana restaurant in Rohnert Park and at San Francisco’s PABU, which he owns with Michael Mina.
Tominaga was at PABU early Tuesday evening when he learned Curry and a few relatives and friends were celebrating his back-to-back MVPs at the Michael Mina restaurant a short way down California Street from PABU.
“After he was done on TV, he showed up,” Tominaga said.
The Japan-born chef prepared for Curry a spicy tuna roll, then hand-delivered it. Photos were snapped and posted on Facebook.
Tominaga wasn’t only thrilled to see Curry in person, but surprised.
“He’s much taller than I expected,” said the chef, who opened Hana in Rohnert Park in 1990 and partnered with Mina in PABU in 2014.
“In the games (on TV) he looks pretty small.”
Tominaga said his partner Mina prepared a private dinner for Curry and his wife, Ayesha, his mother, Sonya, and the rest of the party that dined following the MVP ceremony earlier that afternoon across the bay at the Warriors’ Oracle Arena.
Tominaga had work to do back at PABU. Before he left Curry, he told the astonishing basketball star, “When you are up to Wine Country, I am happy to take care of you.”
FOR FOUR SENIORS at Middletown High to lead their graduating class with the same 4.19 grade-point average and be named co-valedictorians isn’t terribly unusual.
But Trevor Smith, Parker Spadaro, Jake Olson and Jonny Nance are also, each of them, scholar athletes who performed brilliantly in Advanced Placement classes.
And they achieved virtually perfect attendance all throughout their high school careers.
Most remarkable: This looks to be the first time the Lake County school, still recovering from the Valley fire, has honored as its commencement valedictorians four Eagle Scouts.
CHILDREN FIND GUNS and, way too often, gun violence finds children.
This evening in Kenwood, some smart and caring people will speak about how to protect children and how to talk with them about frightening things such as school lockdowns related to gunplay and news stories about children being shot.
Among those who will appear on a panel at 6:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church are Deputy District Attorney Esther Lemus, former Roseland Schools superintendent Gail Ahlas and Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Dave Linscomb.
THERE AND BACK: A swimming pool, a butterfly garden, great aquariums, a massive kinetic sculpture of 1,216 aluminum and copper raindrops - the attractions of Singapore’s Chiangi Airport utterly intrigue Kitty Hughes.
The Santa Rosan just found a super deal on airfare and she’s about to retire as an instructional assistant at SRJC, so she’s going.
Her itinerary shows she’ll arrive at the airport and have about six hours to explore its wonders before the time comes to fly right back home.
Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and email@example.com.