The fifth annual Stu and the Kids fundraiser showcased some of the best Thailand-inspired bites by over 25 LA restaurants. Held annually, by Stu and the Kids founder Chef Stuart Skversky and Redbird’s Neal and Amy Fraser at Vibiana, this event brings an incredible turnout of food and beverage vendors as well as epicurean guests to help raise funds for the organization.
Stu and the Kids provides scholarships for poor and orphaned Hill Tribe children for continuing their education in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This one fundraiser raised over $106,500 throughout the whole day.
I’m a tough critic on food events and this one did not disappoint!
What makes Stu and the Kids better than most?
- If you weren’t able to bid on high ticket items, there was also a vending machine for guests to donate what they can (brilliant idea and I hope more fundraisers take note).
- None of the food/beverage vendors ran out of food and drinks (to my knowledge- and I was there all day)
- Putt putt golf! The Tourism Authority of Thailand was there and supplied putt putt for prizes. Not to brag, but I got a hole in one my first try!
- This event is on a hot summer day, Vibiana, a cathedral turned event space, stays cool inside. There was also plenty of shade for the outdoor portion.
My top 10 favorite eats from the event are below!
Chef Jet Tila – Grilled Pork Neck with Sticky Rice
Same Same Thai – Papaya Salad
Tender Greens – Chicken Wings
République – Grilled Shrimp With Thai Curry
Chichen Itza – Red Curry Mussels
Patina Catering – Ahi Tuna
Redbird – Local Calamari
Ayara Thai – Northern Pork Curry
Chef Jason Fullilove from Barbara Jean – Thai Fried Pork Belly
Herb + Orchard – Strawberry Thai Basil Rambutan Infused Water Pop
Please follow @stuandthekids on Instagram to keep up with next year’s event!