On Wednesday, February 26th, I attended the Bronx Letters Benefit with my friend, Anthony, at the Metropolitan Pavilion (the 19th Street venue) in support of the academic and enrichment programs at the Bronx Academy of Letters. The school's co-founder, Mike Jackson, was honored with the Spirit of the Raven Award, and special guest, Anthony Bourdain (chef, world traveler, writer, and culinary master) spoke about his involvement with the school and the importance of a good education as the foundation for all gifted and promising youths. Anthony and I were blessed to be surrounded by the greatness of Mr. Bourdain, the delicious food of several amazing local restaurants, and the fantastically strong cocktails by PDT. There was also a silent auction where people could bid on prizes such as a special lunch tasting menu at Le Bernardin, a package of Soul Cycle classes, an impossible to get restaurant reservation at Rao's, etc, etc.
Meeting Mr. Anthony Bourdain. Legend-ARY!
Fluke Crudo with Blood Orange and Bird's Eye Chili from The Cecil
They were refreshing! Take me to Harlem, because I want more of this!
Del Posto was surprising. Veggie? Oh, they got me GOOD.
Made me forget about meat! I had to stop myself and think if it really wasn't meat.
Venison by DBGB. So, SO wonderful. And, there were seconds.
Sadly, we didn't bid on anything. Everything ended up becoming way out of our reach. Prices went high very quickly! It was quite unbelievable, but the money was for a good cause. Can't complain. I didn't stay till the end of the event since alll the eating, a lot of it too, and the quick drinking of potent PDT cocktails, were signaling it was about bed time for me. I'm sure the auction was a success since the food and drinks were a definite HIT!
To see more photos from the event, check out the set on my Flickr: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjTtVdrF