Here’s some food for thought – and literacy! The San Diego Council on Literacy’s (SDCOL) ninth annual “Eat. Drink. Read. A Culinary Event for Literacy” will elevate taste buds with savory and sweet bites from more than 20 of the city’s finest chefs at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park on Thursday, May 17, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Celebrated chefs from restaurants all over the county will take guests on a culinary journey with imaginative dishes inspired by the chefs’ favorite books and literary characters. San Diego brewers, distillers and winemakers will also bring their libations to the event, which will feature live music and a chef battle – with awards presented by celebrity judges for “Best Dish,” “Best Dessert,” “Best Display” and “People’s Choice.”
SDCOL’s flagship event and a San Diego foodie mainstay, “Eat. Drink. Read.” raises needed funds to support the nonprofit’s 27 affiliated literacy programs that annually serve more than 179,000 residents of all ages at no cost. More than 520,000 adults in San Diego have difficulty reading – and most of them are native English speakers. Many of these adults are parents, and their children are adversely affected by their parents’ low-level literacy skills.
“Literacy is a fundamental requirement for an individual to succeed in life and for our society to thrive,” said Jose Cruz, CEO of SDCOL. “In addition to being a fantastic event, ‘Eat. Drink. Read.’ funds books for children, supplies and materials for literacy programs, coordination of literacy campaigns, referrals for literacy services and more.”
For more information, visit http://www.literacysandiego.org/eatdrinkread/.