Ayara Wins ‘Best Dish’ at CPAF’s 36th Anniversary Gala

Posted by Jenn Infanto on 20th October 2014

On September 11th, The Center for the Pacific Asian Family hosted their 36th Anniversary Gala titled “Champions for a Change” at the Majestic Halls in Downtown Los Angeles. The event was hosted by Award winning broadcast journalist, Susan Hirasuna of FOX 11. The night included light snacks, cocktails, a silent auction, celebrity appearances followed by a food competition for ‘Best Dish’.


The ‘Culinary Heroes’ portion of the event included 16 top Los Angeles restaurants including Faith & Flower, Chaya, Phorage, Ayara Thai Cuisine, Wood & Vine, ChocoChicken, Little Sister,  and more. All restaurants competed for the honor of ‘Best Dish’ which was chosen by a group of hand-selected guest judges comprised of food writers and bloggers who each did a blind-tasting. The dish that came out on top was Ayara Thai Cuisine’s Khao Soi Noodle with Coconut Foam. A Northern Chicken Curry Noodle dish made with egg noodles and melt-off-the-drumstick chicken, garnished with fried noodles, shallots, cilantro, pickled mustard greens, fried whole chiles and a squeeze of fresh lime. Vanda Asapahu, of the Ayara Thai family accepted the award on behalf of the family and restaurant says, “It was so humbling that our Khao Soi was honored as the “Best Dish” of the evening, especially amongst many amazing dishes prepared by all the talented chefs who participated. This award is a testament to my mother’s recipe and is dedicated to all women chefs.” Center for the Pacific Asian Family’s mission is to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and consequences of family violence and violence against women.


  • Russell Gin

    Very nice congrats Vanda! Russell from Valley Fruit and Produce.

    • Vanda

      Thank you so much, Russell!