Shinsei Fundraiser for Injured Chef Shuji “Elvis” Sugawara

Elvis photographed by Kevin Marple.

Popular sushi chef Shuji “Elvis” Sugawara was severely injured in a motorcycle accident in late March.  He is out of the hospital and back at work. Shinsei’s co-owners Lynae Fearing and Tracy Rathbun, are hosting a benefit bash to help with Elvis’ medical bills.

Here’s the deal: “Viva La Elvis” will take place at Shinsei on May 23 from 6-9:00 PM. The cost is $50 and that includes food and booze. They are also looking for silent auction item donations. If you would like to pre-purchase tickets or have something you would like to donate, call Geri at 214-352-0005.


  • Elvis prepared the first sushi i ever ate. for this i am eternally grateful.

    TJ’s is donating a private seafood tasting for 6 valued at $300. so please bid on it, let’s support this Dallas legend in his time of need.

  • J Dorian Chocolatier

    I just spoke with Geri and we are going to donate some chocolate gift baskets for the auction.

  • Sevy’s Grill is in for $100 Gift Certificate. How about more restaurants jumping in? Let’s help a good man whose good for Dallas.

  • Tracy

    Thanks so much for the support! Dean is donating one of his custom made pair of boots!!!

  • Rex’s Seafood will be donating two tables for four for dinner at Rex’s Seafood !! Each table will also include a complimentary bottle of wine with dinner !! Rex’s supports Elvis’s recovery 100% !!

  • me

    what size are them boots ???

  • Tracy

    Boots are a 10.5 d. Plus, a really cool sushi knife and package of Kent Rathbun Elements, also, dinner for 6 at Shinsei!

  • ChefHung

    Shuji is a friend to a lot of us here at Kenichi Dallas, and I’m glad to not have to go back to the hospital to visit him.

    Kenichi Dallas is donating a Seven-course Chef’s Tasting dinner for 8 guests, each course paired with saké. Value: $1,000.

    In addition, I will personally donate a private saké tasting for up to 6 guests, in the bid winner’s home. Value: $360. [Note: will have to be scheduled on one of my days off; thanks for your understanding]

    Event guests, please please bid generously.

    Shuji, I look forward to seeing you soon, friend.

    Thanks Amy S for leading the restaurants charge.

  • Stacy

    Also, Rex’s Seafood just put in 2 dinner’s for 4! You guys are so generous! Elvis is loved by many!

  • If it’s not too late Cane Rosso would be happy to donate a dinner for 10 at our guerrila restaurant at Preston/Forest for the fundraiser. Tracy – I just sent you an email as well ..