Bourdain Boasts Over Education for the Bronx

Who said it?

"I'm the product of good English teachers… I got in a lot of trouble [growing up] but always had the ability to use language to my benefit… and make my own world."

Did anyone guess… Anthony Bourdain? If so, then you were probably lucky enough to attend last night's 10th Anniversary benefit for The Bronx Academy of Letters--a night hosted by the former chef himself, with indie mag Lucky Peach at the Metropolitan Pavillion.

It was a night filled with incredible bites from some of the country's powerhouse chefs and restaurants, like Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese, Grabrielle Hamilton from Prune, and NYC favorites Roberta's & BrisketTown. And those who ate, didn't shy away from the palette-pleasing array of cocktails mixed by PDT's Jim Meehan.

Now, a night of food like this would inevitably leave you warm and happy inside, right? But it was ultimately the cause, the speakers and student presentations that brought that feeling to a whole new level.

The Bronx Academy of Letters is an Urban Assembly School, educating students in urban areas by expanding their life experiences through reading, writing, and global awareness and opportunity.

They believe that society's prejudices should not prevent our city's kids from becoming the individuals they have the potential to be. And through real-world exposure and experience and stern academics, these students are taking strides toward success in their own lives, and those around them.

Great cause, great food? We're in!

You can show your support for the Bronx Academy of Letters and other Urban Assembly programs here.

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