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San Diego Council on Literacy Celebrates Tenth Annual ‘Eat. Drink. Read. A Culinary Event for Literacy’- May 2

San Diego Air and Space Museum Hosts Annual Event

San Diego CA— For the tenth year, the San Diego Council on Literacy (SDCOL) is challenging San Diego’s finest chefs to prepare gourmet dishes inspired by their favorite book or literary character for its annual “Eat. Drink. Read. A Culinary Event for Literacy.” To be held at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park, Thursday, May 2 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the event – expected to draw more than 350 guests – raises important awareness and funding for SDCOL’s network of affiliated literacy programs.

Complementing an array of savory and sweet tastings, beverages will also be flowing at the event, with San Diego brewers, distillers and winemakers sharing their libations. The event will also showcase 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 most important fundraiser and a San Diego foodie mainstay, “Eat. Drink. Read.” is much more than fun food and wine pairings – the event raises much needed funds to support the nonprofit’s 29 affiliated literacy programs that annually serve more than 179,000 residents of all ages at no cost.

According to Jose Cruz, CEO of SDCOL, more than 560,000 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.

“SDCOL unites our community for a vital cause: literacy, which is necessary for our society to thrive,” said Cruz. “In addition to being a much-anticipated annual event, ‘Eat. Drink. Read.’ helps thousands of San Diego children and adults who benefit from our many important programs and resources, including books for children, coordination of literacy campaigns, referrals for literacy services and more.”

Tickets are $65 per person with early bird pricing available from March 4 through March 31, and $75 per person beginning April 1. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit http://www.literacysandiego.org/eatdrinkread/.

About San Diego Council on Literacy

San Diego Council on Literacy (SDCOL) unites the community to support literacy through leadership, advocacy and resources. Over 560,000 adults in San Diego County have a below-standard level of literacy. This makes SDCOL’s job critically important – to them and their families and to the community. Annually, more than 179,000 individuals of all ages receive one-on-one, small group, computer-assisted and classroom instruction through literacy programs affiliated with SDCOL. By providing no-cost literacy services that allow adults to develop their foundation for success, SDCOL enables them to elevate themselves and their families to an improved quality of life. Learn more at www.literacysandiego.org.

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