G7 Foreign Ministers gathered in Karuizawa, Nagano for a meeting that featured not only discussions of foreign policy but also a menu of delicious light meals and beverages.
Among the highlights were pinchos of camembert cheese with raw ham, avocado with salmon, and canapes of smoked radish pickles. The attendees also enjoyed smoked mixed nuts, aged cheese and mixed nuts, and a tart of crab with wasabi mayonnaise flavor.
Other delicacies included pinchos of pate with olive, tart of Shinshu tartar salmon, millefeuille Ichida persimmon pinchos, pinchos of gizzard confit with Chinese yam, and pinchos of salami sausage with pickled nozawana Shinshu miso flavor “TOFU”.
The dessert selection featured madeleines, ganache of sake flavor, canapes of foie gras mousse with dried fruit, and canapes of Fuki-miso cream cheese.
One of the standout dishes was the deer meat boneless ham with dried apricot of pinchos Miyazaki caviar canapes. The spread was a showcase of the finest ingredients and culinary techniques of the region.
During the meeting, Hayashi presented Kiso Lacquer Ware Cutlery Rests and Hagiyaki Large Sake Cups as gifts for the attending Foreign Ministers, showcasing the traditional Japanese crafts and culture.
While the G7 Foreign Ministers meeting was focused on discussions of international relations, the dining experience demonstrated the importance of food in Japanese culture and hospitality. The meticulous preparation and presentation of each dish reflected the culinary techniques and attention to detail that are characteristic of Japanese cuisine. The menu not only provided a taste of Nagano’s local flavors but also served as a reminder of the importance of cultural exchange in building strong relationships between nations.