San Diego Council On Literacy To Host 7th Annual Eat.Drink.Read. Tasting Event Fundraiser On May 18 | Enter To Win 2 Tickets

April 12, 2016

Celebrating its 30th year promoting literacy in San Diego County, the San Diego Council on Literacy is hosting its 7th annual Eat.Drink.Read fundraiser, a tasting event featuring more than 25 food & drink vendors, taking place on Wednesday, May 18, from 5:30-8pm at Liberty Station. We are raffling off two tickets, so read on for all the details and be sure to enter.

Eat. Drink.Read. benefits the El Cajon Adult Learning Center and several other affiliate literacy programs in San Diego County. More than 25 chefs from America's Finest City will be attending to create and serve a dish inspired by his or her favorite book. Winemakers, spirit distributors and local craft breweries will be on hand to pair libations to match the dishes. Guests will also get the chance to enjoy samples from local chocolatiers, bread makers, coffee roasters and other artisanal food purveyors.

Participating eateries dishing out tastes at Eat.Drink.Read. include Big Front Door, Catamaran Resort, Guadalajara Mexican, Fireside by The Patio, EcoCaters, Eclipse Chocolate, Grant Grill, La Valencia Hotel, Herb & Wood Little Italy, Isola Pizza Bar, Searsucker, Mess Hall, Salt & Cleaver, Quad Alehouse, TRUST, Waypoint Public, The Cork & Craft and more. There will also be beverage samples from Old Harbor Distilling, Kill Devil Spirit Co., St. Petersburg Vodka and The Lost Abbey, to name a few.

The San Diego Council On Literacy has added a book drive to this year’s event. Patrons are asked to bring a new or gently used children’s book for donation, and in exchange, a raffle ticket will be provided. All proceeds and book donations from the event support the charity and its network of literacy programs in San Diego County.

“Low literacy limits nearly every aspect of a person’s potential. From the obvious things such as finding employment, to the less discussed but critical daily activities such as reading a bus schedule, following medical instructions - even reading a recipe,” said Jose Cruz, San Diego Council on Literacy CEO. “Our affiliated programs liberate tens of thousands of San Diegans by teaching them to read. Over the years, community support of Eat.Drink.Read. has become essential to the sustainability of the SDCOL mission.”

With one in five adults in San Diego County possessing below basic literacy skills, SDCOL has developed an aggressive plan to advance literacy rates among targeted populations in San Diego County by the year 2020. The Council has almost 30l literacy affiliations in the County, which work to improve literacy rates among targeted populations. Most recently, the Council immersed itself in the underserved community of El Cajon and is rolling out new interventions for parents, families, and children.

Tickets to Eat.Drink.Read. are $95 per person. For more information, visit