The only thing better than a great bite is a great cause. Flavors of Asia Food Fest flawlessly managed to combine both, featuring a star-studded chef line up and a stellar non-profit Stu and The Kids.
Stuandthekids.org was founded by chef and food consultant Stuart Skversky. After living and volunteering in Thailand, Stu’s life was changed by the connections he made at the orphanages during his stay. Upon return to the States, he started fundraising to help educated kids back in Thailand so they can have a chance at a better life.
All of the proceeds from this event will be used towards scholarships for university education to help underserved and orphaned Hill Tribe kids in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Thai and Asian-inspired food and beverages were the highlights of the night. Otus Thai Kitchen made chicken dumplings fresh on site. Patina Restaurant Group presented bites of salmon from British Columbia, on a bed of cucumber salad and their twist on Thai inspired Halo-halo dessert, creatively served in fun takeout containers with chopsticks.
Hotel Bel Air wowed with Baja striped bass, carrot and chili cucumber salsa, topped with chicharron made from fish skin.
Chef Mei Lin, of the critically acclaimed DTLA restaurant Nightshade, fashioned a memorable baby corn elote, topped with chili miso aioli and dusted with furikake. Many plead guilty for going back for more, many more.
For a memorable dessert, Sinners & Saints, delivered Stu’s favorite Yuzu gluten-free macaroons, tres leches cake and sesame chocolate tarts with sesame brittle.
Queen Jazz of the beloved Jitlada, presented a savory green curry chicken and rice. Jubilantly exclaiming that the heat is tolerable this year. Extra hot sauce available on the side for the daring adventurer. Always great seeing Jonathan Gold’s favorite amongst the culinary greats.
Redbird’s fried smelt green curry proved to be another favorite bite of the evening. Tray after tray were disappearing into eagerly watering mouths. Chef Fraser is as gracious of a host, as he is a culinary mastermind.
Thai Dancers mesmerized adults and kids alike with their vibrant performance. Guests perused live and silent auction items while grooving to the DJ and live music. Auction items from Thailand included handmade Hill Tribe silver jewelry, handmade woven Hill Tribe bags, gift certificates from Los Angeles best restaurants, hotel stays and to popular sporting events and Malibu Wine safari. The lucky winner of the main live auction prize, led by auctioneer Jet Tila, will enjoy a custom made dinner for ten with some of the best celebrity Chefs in town.
Notable mention goes out to the venue, Vibiana. A cathedral turned performance and event venue by Chef Neal and Amy Fraser located in the Historic Core of DTLA. Originally the City’s first Archdiocese Catholic cathedral, Vibiana has been beautifully transformed into a breathtaking full-service event facility with a state of the art lighting and sound system. With the Main Hall and Garden Courtyard, the versatility of Vibiana proves to be endless.
LA’s best-known chefs brought an impressive culinary experience, paired with live entertainment and a worthy cause. This fundraiser is one to remember and mark on your calendar year, after year.