Pho for good

Courtesy Project MANA

Project MANA is again teaming up with Kynbo, a local tech startup, to help fight hunger in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee through the Pho for Project MANA fundraiser in two community events.

Mai Doan, the mother of Thao Doan, cofounder of Kynbo, came out of retirement at 76 and taught a handful of local chefs how to make authentic pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup.

Two of the chefs she taught, David Smith, chef at Alder Creek Café, and Steve Anderson, resort executive chef at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, will be preparing the Pho buffet at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach on May 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for this dinner are $45 per person and $25 for ages 12 and younger. | Tickets projectmana.org

In Truckee, on June 4 Smith will be preparing pho at Alder Creek Café from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for ages 12 and younger and will be available at the door. There will be no-host beer and wine available, music by Bias & Dunn and a silent auction and raffle. | tahoedonner.com