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San Diego’s “Eat.Drink.Read Culinary Event for Literacy” Scheduled For May 13

News | 29th Apr 2015


The San Diego Council on Literacy’s (SDCOL) sixth annual “EAT.DRINK.READ. A Culinary Event for Literacy,” to be held on May 13, promises to deliver delicious bites and brews at Green Acre Campus Pointe, Chef Brian Malarkey’s dazzling dining and event oasis in UTC.

Eat.Drink.Read. will raise needed funds to support SDCOL’s “LITERACY 20/20,” a five year campaign to advance literacy in San Diego County by 2020 and more than 25 affiliate programs it supports.

Guests experience imaginative dishes created by more than 15 of the County’s finest chefs, with each bite inspired by the chefs’ favorite books. Beers from San Diego breweries and regional wines will accompany the cuisine, allowing samplings from a wide variety of local craftsman. Guests also get a chance to try tastings from local chocolatiers, bread makers, coffee roasters and other artisanal treats.

General admission includes unlimited servings, tastings, entertainment and fun. General admission is $75 per person for unlimited servings, tastings, entertainment, and fun. A new $150 VIP ticket includes a pre-reception with Eat.Drink.Read. Culinary Host Chef Brian Malarkey from 5 to 6 p.m., exclusive wine tasting, and name recognition in the event program and signage.

SDCOL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that represents 28 affiliated programs throughout San Diego County. These programs provide no-cost literacy assistance to more than 170,000 children, families and adults in San Diego County each year. Regionally, one in five adults possesses below basic literacy skills. Consequently, educational success, delinquency, employability, poverty, health, and other serious personal, social, economic and civic issues result. In 2015, SDCOL launched LITERACY 20/20, a five year comprehensive campaign to advance literacy rates within the County by the year 2020.

The mission of the San Diego Council on Literacy is to advance literacy among San Diego residents and create the civic and economic benefits of a literate community. In achieving this, children will advance through school reading at grade level, adults will be employment-ready and civically engaged, and the community will understand the foundational role of literacy in a healthy society.

The San Diego Council on Literacy was founded in 1986 by San Diego Union-Tribune publisher Helen K. Copley, then County Supervisor and former U.S. Congressman Brian Bilbray, and five community literacy programs: Carlsbad City Library, Laubach Literacy Council of San Diego, Literacy Volunteers of America, National City Public Library and San Diego Library.

The Council was originally established to increase public awareness of literacy needs and services and to support cooperative efforts among literacy programs in the county. Since then, the number of local literacy programs in the San Diego region has increased in number and in variety of services offered. Today, the San Diego Council on Literacy is respected by literacy professionals across the country due to its success in uniting diverse literacy programs and generating support for their shared needs.

Their partner literacy programs provide one-on-one, small group, computer-assisted, and classroom literacy services for English speakers and non-English speakers, all at no cost to the public. Services are provided to those who are English-speaking but who do not read at a high enough level to meet their needs. Services are also provided to those who are learning English. Services are also provided to those who want earn their high school diploma or G.E.D. These programs operate from libraries, adult basic education centers, community colleges, school districts, homeless centers, churches, refugee programs, low-income housing complexes, and juvenile detention facilities.



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