I didn’t know Tony Bourdain personally, but since 2013, I spent a good deal of time talking about him, as he was the Patron Saint of Bronx Academy of Letters a small school in the Bronx where I’ve spent the past five years volunteering on their Advisory Board. Tony, as everyone called him at BAL, was the source of our fundraising. Each year, he’d gather the best chefs in NYC to come and cook for the lucky attendees of our “Food for Thought” Chef Tasting. Our school was even featured in one of his No Reservations episodes about the Bronx, which Vulture named as one of his 15 best shows.
Tony was a big fan of BAL, and each year as he spoke at our benefit, he would credit his teachers for his love of reading and writing. He knew how important a good education was for future success. Yesterday, there was mention of Tony’s love and support for our school on social media and sites like cnn.com. Yesterday, online donations to our school came in all day in Tony’s name. It is a real tribute to how much people loved him.
This week, with everything that happened, I found myself drinking and eating more than I usually would. I have a feeling I wasn’t alone. Here are some highlights:
Pizza from a Roberta’s alum, Negroni slushies, and bocce at Bocce inside Union Square Park!
A spicy Merguez sausage sandwich stuffed pita at Cafe Mogador on Saint Mark’s.
Brunch at Pilot in Brooklyn on Pier 6 with lobster rolls, home fries with caviar and lots of rose – thanks Jacqueline and Dan for the rec.
And then linner which included hot dogs, fries and more rose at Island Oyster due to a happy ferry mishap (mishaps when you are an empty nester turn into spontaneous fun!)
Getting into the white jeans tomorrow might be a problem.
Have fun. Be bold.