03 Jun 2015

CHOP Wins Top Wine List Award

CHOP Steakhouse's wine list has been named the world's best medium-sized wine list by The World of Fine Wine magazine. 

In receiving the accolade, the Club's home of steaks becomes the only restaurant in Japan to win three stars, and it is one of just 22 three-star dining spots in all of Asia.

Senior judge Alder Yarrow described the list as “really nicely designed, and the curation in terms of diversity is excellent. It’s so well-edited, and with really nice descriptions on all the by-the-glass wines.”

In particular, the judges praised CHOP's collection of California wines, and Francis Percival complimented the list's range of “classic modern, new wave and classic old names” from the state.

Three stars are awarded to wine lists that have exceptional breadth; a range of leading producers; a good mix of vintages, styles and prices; an extensive by-the-glass program, with a wide selection of half bottles and larger formats; outstanding organization; and originality, personality and vision.


29 May 2015

June iNTOUCH Out Now

As the Club gears up for its annual Independence Day celebration, American Members from a number of different states recall the barbecues, parades, fireworks and local traditions that filled July Fourth parties back home in the latest issue of the Club's monthly publication, iNTOUCH.

Elsewhere in the issue, Mark Baxter previews June's Summer Beer Tasting, the perfect antidote to Tokyo's searing summer heat, Linda Schnetzer reflects on her two years as president of the Women's Group and James Fink offers his thoughts on Japan's glut of empty homes.

Check out the rest of the issue and back issues of iNTOUCH.

(Correction: on page 4 of the print issue, the liability figure should have been ¥20 billion. The number has been corrected in the digital issue.)

22 May 2015

TAC Toastmasters Earns Award

The TAC Toastmasters Club recently won a Toastmasters International Talk Up Toastmasters Award.

The Club group was recognized in February/March for attracting five new members. This is the second consecutive year the Club has received the accolade.

"Growing our membership enhances the viability of our club and expands the pool of personal and professional diversity in the organization," says Michelle Herring, vice president of public relations for the TAC Toastmasters Club. "New members bring new skills and backgrounds, which makes for a more interesting dynamic among what is already a highly energized team of TAC Toastmasters."

TAC Toastmasters has more than 30 members, who meet twice a month to develop their public speaking and leadership skills through practice and feedback.

30 Apr 2015

CHOP Now for Members Only

CHOP Steakhouse, the Club's home of top-quality Certified Angus Beef steaks and other all-American favorites, now welcomes Members and their guests only.

Third-floor dining was open to the general public for a trial period, but the Board of Governors voted to end the trial at the April Board meeting.

"At the Club, Members always come first, without exception," says Club President John Durkin. "The venue is very popular with Members and doesn't need to be open to non-Members to be sustainable."

The other third-floor dining venue, 220° [Modern Teppan], has been a Member-only space since it opened last year.

28 Apr 2015

May iNTOUCH Out Now

With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continuing to stress the importance of women in a successful economy, the latest issue of the Club's monthly publication, iNTOUCH, features a number of business-owning Members, who discuss the challenges of being a female entrepreneur in Japan.

Elsewhere in the issue, CHOP Bar's resident mixologist Nathan Baggs offers an inside peek at his libation lab, early-morning swimmers espouse the benefits of the Club's masters programs and writer Sophie Richard, who will speak at the Club in May, gives her rundown of the best art museums in Japan.

Check out the rest of the issue and back issues of iNTOUCH.