Dining is Caring – #WeBrewScholars

Tonight was one of my favorite nights out – the #WeBrewScholars “A Taste of India” monthly fundraising dinner produced by the Learning Tea at Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party.

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The Program

The Learning Tea‘s mission is to provide life scholarships to impoverished young women in India by giving them the opportunity to continue their education through university. The Learning Tea pays for complete tuition and living expenses while providing a safe and stable dormitory living environment.

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The Scholars

Their primary fundraiser is the monthly dinner at Dr. Bombays, the last Monday of every month, serving up a pretty effin’ tasty 4-course vegetarian Indian meal for a measly twenty bucks.  Not too shabby.

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The Very Delicious Samosas

I look forward to this night so much, mostly because we always manage to round up a great group for dinner.  Tonight I was joined by Dana, Susan, Cooper, Kathryn and Samuel.

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Photobombed by the Coopster.

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Celebrating with bubbles.  BTW, champagne is delicious with Indian food.  Just in case you didn’t know.

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A Toast to Good Friends, Good Food, Health and Happiness.

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The indomitable Dana – one of my bestest and the life of any and every party.

It’s a fitting counter-balance to the culinary excesses I over-enjoyed this week at home, and what a nice thing – using something as simple as a meal to give others a home and future.

#Diningiscaring #Webrewscholars #theLearningTea #DrBombays

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Just My Cup of Tea

Tonight my friend Susan and I enjoyed one of our favorite monthly events, the A Taste of India Fundraising Dinner for The Learning Tea at Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party.

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The Learning Tea is a non-profit organization, created by the owners and staff of Dr. Bombay’s, dedicated to providing housing, tuition, clothing, food, opportunities and a supportive family environment for young orphaned women in India.

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Why do we love these dinners so much that we mark them eagerly on our calendars and snap up our tickets the second the first email invite goes out?

First of all – it’s an amazing deal.  A delicious 3-course vegetarian Indian meal for $20.  While I certainly like vegetables, I do like meat as well, especially for dinner, when I’m expecting something substantial. The Indian food served at A Taste of India is freshly prepared, flavorful without being too spicy and varied enough in texture and flavor that you never “miss the meat.”  With appetizers, entree and dessert included, I always end up leaving stuffed and quite happy.

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Secondly, they throw in a glass of wine (or two) along with the dinner.  Plus they’ll let you bring in your own bottle – tonight we were celebrating Susan’s birthday, so I brought a favorite rose sparkling wine.

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Thirdly (do you still need reasons at this point?)

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Thirdly, Samosas.

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It’s a warm and charming atmosphere, filled with a good-natured, happy bunch of diners.  Seating is community style, on long trestle-style tables, so you are surrounded on all sides by groups of friends, often celebrating occasions of their own.

But most importantly, with each bite, you know you’re helping someone create a life for themselves, against the odds.  The girls helped by The Learning Tea “life scholarships,” come from a world of extreme poverty.  Without the safe home and educational opportunities provided by the non-profit, they would at best be consigned to a life of unskilled labor, carrying bricks, breaking rocks for concrete or rolling cigarettes – at worst falling victim to child trafficking or prostitution.

So why do we love these dinners so?  It’s simply, “our cup of tea.”


“Where there’s tea there’s hope.”

~Arthur Wing Pinero