January 3, 2018

Umami Kushi, LLC

Seattle, Washington

Umami Kushi, LLC

Craft3 provided a loan to setup Harold's new kitchen space. Today, Umami Kushi produces authentic yakitori catering, small batch chili sauces, beignets and a variety of curry pans which are sold at select coffee shops throughout Seattle.
Harold Fields has worked as a chef all over the U.S. — from Chicago to New Orleans and finally Seattle. But it was on his first trip to Japan that a whole new culinary world opened up for him. While there, he immersed himself in the culture and food, learning everything he could about the traditions and flavors.

“Being in Japan gave me a different perspective on life,” Harold explained. “I found a passion that I didn’t know was missing.”

He returned to Seattle in search of those authentic flavors — when he couldn’t find them, he set out to recreate his favorite foods. In 2009, Harold started Umami Kushi, LLC as a catering business, specializing in Yakitori (Japanese grilled skewered chicken) served with Yuzu Kosho sauces, which are now bottled and available for purchase.

Soon, Harold was also creating okazu pans — small grab and go breads with a savory filling — from a shared community kitchen. With a growing customer list of 16+ local coffee shops and restaurants, Harold needed his own workspace.

Through a referral from MercyCorps NW, Harold connected with Craft3. We saw his vision and potential for growth. So we provided Umami Kushi with a loan to setup his new space, including tenant improvements, new kitchen equipment and a delivery van.

Today, Umami Kushi produces authentic yakitori catering, small batch chili sauces, beignets and a variety of curry pans which are sold at select coffee shops throughout Seattle. To find out where you can pick up a tasty bite or purchase his sauces, visit www.UmamiKushi.com.