4th ANNUAL EVENT - March 30, 2011 (NYC) - STREETS International hosted its annual New York City Benefit 'A Street Food Celebration' at Astor Center. Over 200 guests attended the benefit to raise money for the organization which is part hospitality school and part restaurant café in historic Hoi An, Vietnam where local, disadvantaged youth are offered an 18 month training program designed to give them the tools and skills to achieve financial independence.
This year’s event was supported by generous sponsors including Platinum Sponsors; Astor Center, Brinen & Associates, Fox Rothchild LLP, The Institute of Culinary Education, Tequila Herradura and The Village at Lyons. The Gold Sponsors were; J.H. Cohn and Crown Imports.
The highlight of this year’s event was the debut of the first STREETS documentary, shot by award-winning filmmaker Jun Oshima and edited by Scott Pearson. The film gave an intimate look into the lives of STREETS Trainees and the success they achieve after their completion of the 18-month hospitality and culinary training program.
This year, some of NYC's top Chefs delivered their interpretation of a variety of international street food. Dishes such as Morimoto’s Spicy King Crab, Anita Lo's Pork Jerky and Green Papaya Salad, King Phojanakong's Sauteed Sweet Pork Sausage and Ty Bellingham's Smoked Trout delighted all who attended. The list of chefs and well-known mixologists included:
- Mike Anthony, Gramercy Tavern
- Ty Bellingham, Kittichai
- Kenny Callaghan, Blue Smoke
- Harold Dieterle, Kin Shop & Perilla
- Josh Eden, Shorty's.32 & Ten Ten
- Anita Lo, annisa
- Jim Meehan, PDT
- Masaharu Morimoto, Morimoto
- King Phojanakong,Umi Nom & Kuma Inn
- Julie Reiner, Lani Kai
- David Suarez, Rosa Mexicano
- David Waltuck, Ark Restaurants
“This year was truly a milestone,” says Neal Bermas, Ph.D., Founder & Chairman of STREETS International. “At this year's event we celebrated the graduation and full employment of our first class of Trainees. Thought the remarkable talent of Jun and Scott we were able to really portray how the funds raised from our event, transform the lives of these terribly disadvantaged kids.”