|About the Sushi
Club of Houston
The Sushi Club of Houston was founded on October 16th, 2006 by
Mr. Carl Rosa, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana.
After moving from New Orleans, due to Hurricane Katrina, Carl
purchased a home in Kingwood, Texas. While driving through
the streets of Houston, he and his wife decided to enjoy one of his first
dinners in Houston - sushi. According to Carl, it was one of the
worst dining experiences of his life. Concerned that his
meal would be indicative of a common sushi experience in
Houston, he attempted to find
sushi recommendations from experienced Houstonians. He searched
the internet to find a club, group, newsletter, website or organization dedicated to
sushi. After an extensive search (and finding nothing of
value), he purchased the domain
and officially founded the club. Seven years later, the
club has hosted more than 420 dining events and more than 36
trips to Japan for our members. Today, the Sushi Club of
Houston supports more than 9,000 registered members while
hosting sake tastings, sushi classes, tours to Japan and instructional videos.
Today, it is considered to be the largest sushi-based
organization in the United States. Mr. Rosa is also a sushi instructor, a professional public speaker
regarding the Japanese culture and also founder of the first and
only ramen dining group named 'Ramen in Common' (website).
He offers classes, public presentations and speaking engagements
and specific programs at no charge to the community whatsoever.
The Sushi Club of Houston works with (and manages) the Asian
Dining Group and Ramen in Common.
online (which requires online registration through the club
website). There is no cost to join and membership is free.
You are never expected to pay dues, purchase products, attend
meetings or charged fees.
Each month, our Sushi Club team visits sushi/Japanese
restaurants to negotiate an innovative menu at a reasonable
value. All costs are factored into the meal (entrees,
taxes, non-alcoholic beverage, gratuity, appetizers, dessert).
Once a series of events are organized and confirmed with each
restaurant, the events are announced online. Members are
allowed to register upon receipt of the email (first come, first
serve basis). Your registration for each event is confirmed.
A few days before the event takes place, you must confirm your
seat(s) once more. This ensures that every seat at the
event is filled without exception. Failure to attend,
after confirming your seat before the event, will result in
immediately removal from club without exceptions. Our
goal is to ensure that an empty seat does not exist at the
Before the events take place, members will receive a document
(via email) informing them of the specifics of the function.
Since every event is different, we provide parking
recommendations, driving directions, a summary of the menu,
suggested dress code, etc.
You are allowed to purchase your own alcoholic (wine, cocktails,
sake), however you must do so using a separate check. The
cost of our meals are finalized beforehand to ensure that
everyone pays the same price at the event. Purchasing your
own alcohol is entirely up to you, using a separate check.
Typically, every meal is paid in cash to the restaurant.
This saves the restaurant money, ensuring that they will place
every meal on one dinner bill and not require the use of a
credit card or separate checks. Credit card companies
charge the restaurants a percentage of their sales when meals
are charged. Paying the restaurant in cash removes that
cost. Inevitably, the restaurants pass the savings onto us
with great appreciation.
Rude or abusive behavior to the wait staff is not permitted.
We treat them with respect and expect the same treatment to be reciprocated.
If you have an interest in hosting an event with our
organization, please note that our group isn't designed for
profit, so we would merely request a reimbursement of expenses.
If our group collaborates with your office, business, society or
performance, we merely ask to be repaid for fuel and materials.
For more information regarding our club and its function, please
the Sushi Club of Houston at your convenience.