Backyard Filipino BBQ at Chinatown’s Far East Plaza – Photo by Ben Brown
Two esteemed LA chefs catered for charity at the Filipino Backyard BBQ, a festive tribute to summer’s onset. Chefs Michael Hung of Viviane and Alvin Calain of Eggslut and Unit 120 hosted an intimate crowd on the top floor of Chinatown’s Far East Plaza, which houses Unit 120 as well as Cailain’s old stomping grounds, Ramen Champ. Proceeds from the event went to benefit the No Kid Hungry program, part of Share Our Strength.
Guests enjoyed a bugffet of Filipino comfort classics, such as moist-as-ever chicken adobo, ground beef picadillo, bold and intense grilled pork toccino, Hamachi kinilaw and garlie fried rice. Cassava cake and some of the creamiest flan in town wrapped up the menu, accompanied the whole way by a flowing open bar.
The event comes in preparation for No Kid Hungry’s Chef’s Cycle fundraiser, in which Hung and his team partner Abby Gavino will join nearly 200 chefs and restaurant industry professionals, who are committed to riding their bikes 300 miles.
The Backyard Filipino BBQ follows Taste of the Nation, an annual food festival that draws in dozens LA’s top restaurants and drink purveyors.