EATS was conceived in 2011 by chef Moon Krapugthong and kitchen designer Judy Spielman, two familiar faces in the Philadelphia restaurant world, after they visited the Watt Bod Voraditth orphanage during a trip to Moon’s native Thailand. Deeply affected by their visit, Moon and Judy pledged to improve the health and nutrition of these children by building a kitchen and garden at the orphanage. Over time, they envisioned teaching children at the orphanage basic culinary skills, to prepare them to lead healthy lives and perhaps even launch food service careers. Through the first two EATS Philly events, Moon and Judy have raised thousands of dollars to begin building a new kitchen at the orphanage—but there’s much more work still to be done.
The inaugural EATS street food festival followed in Manayunk in the fall of 2011, attracting strong buzz, delighting the crowd with tasty global treats prepared by top area chefs and a diverse array of food trucks, and raising thousands of dollars for the orphanage. Building on that achievement, Moon and Judy expanded the scope of EATS to provide benefits to children locally as well as globally. Partnering with Children’s Village in 2013, a nationally accredited early learning program located near Philadelphia’s Chinatown, EATS Philly scored its second success.
In a partnership with The Food Trust, plans are under way for the next exciting event on May 5th from 6-9:00 p.m. at World Cafe Live: EATS Philly 2015: Two Countries, One Mission: A street food throwdown for healthy kids