NYC chefs take on Asian street food to benefit kids in Vietnam

Participating chefs will offer small tasting plates with paired cocktails. Credit: Streets International
Participating chefs will offer small tasting plates with paired cocktails.
Credit: Streets International

Streets International’s seventh annual tasting event takes place May 28, where some of the city’s top chefs (including this year’s James Beard winner Jaime Bissonnette and Daniel Bouloud, among others) will serve their interpretations of Southeast Asian street foods paired with signature cocktails.

This year, Streets has partnered with the Clinton Global Initiative to support its goal of helping disadvantaged and orphaned youth in Hoi An, Vietnam, through its 18-month program of hospitality industry training. The school, which also has an in-house full-service restaurant staffed by students, boasts a 100 percent employment rate upon graduation since its founding in 2007.

To commemorate the program’s fifth anniversary, Streets will also debut a cookbook, “Streets: Good Food Helping Good Kids,” this spring. Besides highlighting Vietnamese produce and the cuisine served up at Streets’ Restaurant Cafe, the book also features the stories of eight graduates and their work after completing the Streets program.

Streets Restaurant Cafe hoi an vietnam
The Streets Restaurant Cafe in Hoi An, Vietnam.
Credit: Streets International

Participants also include chefs Anita Lo (Annisa), Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman (The Meatball Shop) and Jean-Paul Bourgeois from Blue Smoke, among others.

The tasting event will also feature a silent auction.

Proceeds from the evening as well as sales of the book will benefit Streets’ mission to get disadvantaged Vietnamese youths into hospitality careers.


About Streets International

Streets International is a nonprofit organization that develops and runs programs for underprivileged youth in Southeast Asia and throughout the world. Formed in 2007, Streets provides its students with training to prepare them for careers in culinary arts and hospitality service through classroom instruction as well as work experience. For more information, visit


Streets International Tasting Event
Wednesday, May 28
The Astor Center
399 Lafayette St.
$100 general admission from 7-9:30 p.m.
$225 VIP, early entry at 6 p.m. and a meet-and-greet with chefs, cocktails and a cooking demonstration


Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking


K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.


Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.


Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.


Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.


Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…


Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

U.S. Soccer

Orlando City takes shot at NYCFC over Frank…

Orlando City reminded the world how big a signing Brazilian star Kaka earlier this month with a photo of Kaka mobbed by fans juxtaposed against Lampard.


Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.


2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…


Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.


Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.


Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.


Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.