On Tuesday April 23rd we made it out to EATS Philly 2013. Eat Along The Street (E.A.T.S.) took place at Vie , a gorgeous venue in the Fairmount neighborhood, from 6pm-9pm and brought together local chefs, food trucks and foodies to benefit two very important causes…
“Two Kitchens/Two Countries”
Wat Bodd Voraditth ~ an orphanage located in Thailand and Children’s Village ~ a nonprofit organization located in Philadelphia that provides high quality educational programs for early childhood and school-age children. The EATS Philly event, lead by Chef Moon Krapugthong, began back in 2011. This year the fundraiser helped benefit these two organizations so they may provide healthy meal programs for their children. Tickets to the event were selling for $75 general admission and $150 VIP. Not only did part of that help support these worthy causes but it gave you the chance to eat, eat and then eat some more. We were absolutely stuffed when we left!
The night was very interactive. We were given a colored wrist band that allowed us to sample from the variety of food trucks lined up outside. We were also given a yellow plastic coin/token. Once we were done sampling the food trucks we placed our coin in the box of the food truck we liked the most. A very fun moment was when the Dragon Parade took place outside. The dragons chased some foodies around as they sampled their street food.
Inside, some serious chef throw downs were taking place. The event was separated into 2 rounds…6 dishes each. In between and after the rounds, live auctions which included items like personal training packages and a trip to Costa Rica took place. At the end of the night an Award’s Ceremony was held.
We sampled dishes from several different local chefs and popular restaurants including Talula’s Garden, Barbuzzo, Cantina Feliz and one of our favorites, the Garces Group. We were given a scoring card that allowed us to join the Official Judges in assigning points for Taste, Originality and Interpretation of Street Food.
Let’s talk about that for a minute…particularly Taste. Not only was there A LOT of food (12 dishes total!), but majority were on the heavy side and almost half contained pork. We were so disappointed and relieved when one of the Official judges echoed our thoughts. The street truck food definitely stole the show for us that night. You would think with the crazy amount of dishes and variety of food it would have been difficult to pick a favorite….but for us, the first one we tried left a lasting impression. We grabbed a second helping and a glass of wine at the end of the night and cast our vote:
The Cow and the Curd food truck = Heaven!
In the end, this was an amazing event that was very well put together. Aside from the less than amazing dishes, one other tiny complaint…during the “throwdown” our dishes were coming out way too quickly and randomly. Just a little note for next year…it would help if we had adequate time in between each to sample and assign points. Some of the dishes had number labels on them but a few did not and they just came out too quickly and in confusing order. Our table was even missed a couple of times during Round 1. We actually had the pleasure of sitting with Carol, the woman who helped spearhead Children’s Village. She is retired now but still very proud of the organization. As far as the chef throwdown, she also thought the food was disappointing in taste, on the heavy side and not all street food friendly. Regardless, we all agreed that the event was wonderful and what matters in the end is that some very deserving children will benefit from generous and giving people who come together to support such important causes. Looking forwad to EATS Philly 2014.
To view entire picture slideshow of this event: CLICK HERE