EAT. DRINK. READ. WRITE.

Chef Patrick Feury and his partners at Nectar Restaurant are hosting Eat. Drink. Read. Write: A Taste for Literacy, a cocktail party and auction to raise money for Mighty Writers, a youth literacy program. The event will take place Sunday, September 11 at 2 p.m. at Nectar in Berwyn, PA. Guests can indulge in Feury’s Asian-inspired hors d’oeuvres and fruity cocktails while bidding on one-of-a-kind items such as culinary excursions and cooking classes with some of Philly’s superstar chefs.

About 550,000 working age Philadelphians are functionally illiterate. Add to that the recent budget cuts in the Philadelphia school system, and the crisis only gets worse. Tim Whitaker, a writer and former newspaper and magazine editor, created Mighty Writers in 2009 to address the problem. The hugely successful non-profit organization hosts imaginative workshops after school and on weekends where kids learn to write and communicate clearly. Mighty Writers students make comic books, write rap songs and put together videos to tell their own stories. Admission to the program is free but space is limited, and there is a waiting list of youngsters hoping to attend. Whitaker’s goal is to expand to more Philadelphia neighborhoods, but to do that he needs to raise funds to grow the program.

All proceeds from the Eat. Drink. Read. Write. auction will help Mighty Writers achieve this goal. Guests can bid on a variety of items, fishing trip with Philly chef and restaurant owner Chip Roman, a cooking class for eight children at Fairmont’s London Grill, or a banquet for six at Vietnam Café and much more.

Nectar is located at 1091 Lancaster Avenue in Berwyn, PA. Tickets to this benefit cost $85 and are available at http://www.mightywriters.org or call 267.239.0899.

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