Salute to Commerce October Winner:
5 Fusion and Sushi BarBy Rachael Rees van den Berg | Bend Chamber
Long-time restaurateur Lilian Chu, co-owner of 5 Fusion & Sushi Bar, has built a world-class restaurant in the heart of Bend that prioritizes and is driven by philanthropy.
5 Fusion & Sushi Bar, located on NW Wall Street, offers much more than just sushi. The restaurant features two distinct menus, created by executive chef and co-owner Joe Kim, a two-time James Beard Foundation nominee, that melds together key elements of Asian and European cuisine into a tantalizing “fusion” of flavors.
But beyond 5 Fusion’s award-winning, innovative and creative cuisine, Chu said she measures success by her company’s ability to give back to the community.
“We are passionate about our unique food and our special community and we focus our energy on both,” Chu said. “Bendites like to support businesses that support community, so our investment returns dividends with loyal customers.”
When 5 Fusion first opened its doors in December 2009, Chu said she had a clear vision of what would lead to success: Excellence in all things – food, service, environment, business and relationships; treating staff as family; giving back to the community; and intelligent and sustainable growth.
“We truly believe that as we are blessed to live, work and play in Central Oregon – it is our responsibility to give back to sustain and help grow the community,” Chu said.
One of the ways 5 Fusion supports the community is through the 5 Fusion Collaborative Charity Dinner Series. The restaurant has hosted more than 45 charity dinner events, raising $300,000 to help 19 different nonprofits including Volunteers in Medicine, Abilitree and Saving Grace.
“Our community is one of great support and collaboration among restaurants, and we take deep pride in the accomplishments and community investments of our peers, too,” Chu said. “We’re all in the effort of building a strong Central Oregon dining scene and incomparable quality of life together. All of our good work elevates all boats.”
The Salute to Commerce Program is brought to you by the Bend Chamber in partnership with Combined Communications Inc. Thank you to Sweetheart Donuts for sponsoring the Salute to Commerce donut day . Congratulations to the past year’s Salute to Commerce recipients for making Bend a better place to live: Bend Glass & Mirror, Springtime Landscape & Irrigation, SunWest Builders and Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management.
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