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Charity Partners

Cameron G Scholderer Scholarship Endowment

As our Hear Bartender, and long time friend the passing of Chaplin School alumnus, Cameron G. Scholderer, was a difficult time for the KYU Family.Cameron had a real creative flair behind the bar and became a sought-after mixologist in the South Florida community.

“Cameron made the best out of every situation,” said Cameron’s mom, Sally Scholderer, “He believed in what he was doing and worked very hard, but yet was a mentor to other kids coming up in the industry – and he always did it very selflessly. He really left an imprint on everyone he met.”

Sally and her husband, George Scholderer, established the Cameron G. Scholderer Fund, an endowment that will provide scholarships for students following in Cameron’s footsteps and pursuing a career in beverage management at the Chaplin School. Recipients of the scholarship will carry on the legacy of Cameron’s commitment to mentorship by becoming mentors themselves to each new recipient of the award, passing along Cameron’s story of hard work and determination.

At KYU, his love with Rum and all things tiki, was encapsulated in some of his creations, including his cocktail, the Guatemalan Tradewinds. We have vowed that this cocktail will always remain on the menu, at this KYU and any others to come, and donate a dollar for every drink sold back to this Scholarship Endowment.

For additional ways to donate, read about our Portrait Project, featuring one off Photography of our amazing KYU team, by our local artist Anastasiya Yurkevich. A portion of each Photo sold will go towards this amazing endowment.

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Trees for the Future Partnership

Ever since KYU opened its doors in 2016, we understood that we burn wood.

It’s what makes us who we are. From flame grilling to all day smoking – we knew that we had to consider a way to give back. We were recommended Trees For The Future through friends, and we loved their ethos.

The company began in 1989 by a US couple, Grace and Dave Deppner after witnessing the human tragedy in the Philippines brought on by illegal logging and unsustainable land management systems. Since then Trees for the Future has planted over 115 million trees in dozens of countries and revitalized hundreds of thousands of acres of soil while changing people’s lives forever. Currently, 14 projects underway in five countries in Sub Saharan Africa, under the Forest Garden Program a simple, replicable and scalable approach with proven success. By planting specific types of trees and crops in a systematic manner over a four year period, families can change their lives forever.

When we opened, we donated $1000.00 to the Charity, and do continuing activations to raise money for further donations. As a guest, you have the option on our menu to “Buy 50 Trees for $5.00”, and then we will match this donation every month.  

Local Partners


Stern and his wife were dedicated to becoming a kosher facility, and from their kitchen, his talented team puts out everything from gooey chocolate rye cookies to flakey salmon resting on a creamy bed of legumes. The staff operates like family and has slowly ballooned from four to 45. It has supplied KYU with chewy sourdough, sweet brioche and crunchy granola since opening.

Supplies KYU: Bread and Granola

PANTHER (Wynwood)

Panther Coffee is a Miami-based specialty coffee roaster, retailer and wholesaler specializing in the small-batch roasting of coffee beans and the preparation of coffee beverages. With its original location in Wynwood, it seemed like the perfect partnership. It’s been firing up our team and guests since day one.

Supplies KYU: Coffee 


Jojo Tea has been a key player in KYU’S after dinner offerings, non alcoholic cocktails, and new boozy infusions. Their dedication to their product is unparalleled, supporting continuing trainings with the staff, and new seasonal selections.

Our current favorite use of Jojo’s Jasmine Tea, is found in our “No Way Rose” cocktail, that features a 24 hour seeped rum infusion, sake, rose and Chinese bitters.

Supplies Kyu: Tea 

Evalie Farms (Kendall)

From years working in professional kitchens to then having given birth to her son, Ali, of Evalie Farms, quickly discovered a new passion. Originally she started growing her own food, herbs and flowers (Always Organic) as a home gardening enthusiast which quickly became an obsession. After having acquired two permanent green thumbs she was requested by one of my talented former chefs to grow microgreens for their tables. She happily accepted and has been providing these mini marvels ever since. Growing an assortment of primarily Asian style micros, Ali has started to branch out and try anything she can find. Having just started I'm hoping to grow and have more business in the oncoming months growing anything and everything that anyone wants. No limits!"

Supplies KYU: Micro greens 


Harpke Family Farm is a Dania Beach-based urban farm, founded in early 2013 by Tamer Harpke. Once only a backyard hobbyist, Harpke’s green thumbs now tend to multiple plots yielding local produce, with a special focus on his year-round microgreen production. Supplying top restaurants and consumers alike, Harpke Family Farm employs sustainable, organic farming practices, while refraining from the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers.  Growing methods include the use of Jackpots, raised beds, hydroponics, shadehouses and greenhouses, while an organic composting program ensures a healthy harvest throughout South Florida’s extended growing seasons.

Supplies KYU: Herbs, Lettuces and Seasonal Vegetables

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Bruno Ponce and his team of three have been at it for seven years, quietly operating out of a nondescript North Miami building mostly filled with walk-in refrigerators and stainless steel work tables. The milk comes from Wisconsin cows and is processed into curd in New Jersey before it’s sent south.

Ponce pulled his first curds in warm water nearly a decade ago while working at Sunset Harbour's Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante. In between manning the pizza oven he would help the restaurant’s cheesemaker Mimmo (now his shop’s namesake) turn out the day’s supply. He’s still a mentor, and though now in New York City the two talk regularly to exchange ideas. You can find their Burrata, nestled under Yuzu Marmalade and Sour Dough Toast, on KYU’s menu.
(Edited from Miami New Times)

Supplies KYU: Burrata

Heritage Farms Cheshire Pork (North Carolina)

For the last 38 years, our family in seven springs, NC has been producing Heritage Cheshire Pork. Chef and food lovers alike prefer this pork for it tenderness, white intra-muscularant and great taste. Our animal welfare practices and simple devotion to our family farm – ensure that only the finest cuts reach our customers. All piggies are hand fed, controlled diets with no hormones, steriods, fillers, flavors or preservatives.

Supplies KYU: The Best Pork