Eat, Drink, Read: Culinary Event Supporting the San Diego Council on Literacy
May 13, 2015
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Article by Cathy Breslaw
The sixth annual culinary event to support literacy is taking place at Green Acre Campus Pointe, Chef Brian Malarkey’s dazzling dining and event oasis in UTC. The tastings of 15 San Diego chefs, local breweries and regional wines will be presented alongside delicacies of local chocolatiers, bread makers, coffee roasters and other artisanal treats and entertainment.
Many of us take literacy for granted. We live in a country where basic public education is accessible, yet according to the San Diego Council on Literacy, over 400,000 adults in the San Diego region read at the lowest level of literacy. And, according to Jose Cruz, CEO of the San Diego Council on Literacy this problem has led to increased healthcare costs, higher high school drop-out rates, increased incarcerations and a population that doesn’t participate in the voting community. As the only child to attend college in a family of 10 children, Cruz has intimate knowledge of the issues and has worked in the area of literacy for over twenty-three years.
In brainstorming ways of raising awareness and funds to provide for literacy related programs, the Eat, Drink, Read event was born – and has grown since its inception in 2010. Accomplished San Diego chefs will serve unique dishes inspired by their favorite books. Executive Chef John Medall of the Patio Restaurant group, is preparing Spicy Bloody Marys’ alongside a Blood Sausage Antipasto celebrating his favorite book, Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. The food and drink at Eat, Drink, Read is only limited to the imaginations and creativity of these amazing chefs. For tickets and more information, go to www.eatdrinkread.com