Tuesday, May 10, 2011

2nd Annual Eat. Drink. Read.: Can You Read a Menu?

If you can read a menu or a recipe, you're way ahead of many adults who, sadly, are functionally illiterate. In San Diego, the San Diego Council on Literacy supports numerous organizations that have programs to help adults and children become readers and improve their chances of success in life.

Once again, this year -- on Wednesday, May 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. -- the San Diego Council on Literacy is holding Eat. Drink. Read., a fundraiser that will help them support these programs. And this isn't like your other restaurant-focused food events. We (Yes, "we." I wrangled the restaurants.) asked our 10 restaurants to come up with an original dish inspired by a favorite book. You won't believe the splendid ideas that are the result. These are dishes you'll want to savor. Here's what we've got (the chef/book links will take you to a video of the chefs showing off their dishes):

Alchemy (Ricardo Heredia's book is Rikki Tikki Tavi): Bihari Aloo Paneer Potato Cake with Garam Masala and Green Peas

Craft & Commerce (Craig Jimenez's book is My Side of the Mountain): Shroom, Tubers, and Wild Game Pinxtos

Flavor Del Mar (Jason Maitland's book is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas): Terrine of Duck Rillette with Smoked Chino Farms Strawberries, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Syrup, and Chevre Powder

Photo by Stephanie Thompson

The Marine Room (Bernard Guillas and Ron Oliver's book is their own Flying Pans): Hibiscus-Infused Lemon Bars and Chocolate Kahlua Tarts

Photo by Stephanie Thompson

Quality Social (Jared Van Camp's book is The Confederacy of Dunces): House-Cured Cheddar Stuffed Dog with Sauerkraut and Creole Mustard

The Red Door (Brian Johnston's book is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs): Lamb Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes

Searsucker (Brian Malarkey's book is Green Eggs and Ham): Braised Pork Belly with Poached Quail Egg and Greens Hollandaise on Brioche Bread

Sessions Public (Abel Kaase's book is The Dot): Duck Confit Thai Summer Rolls with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

Tender Greens (Peter Balistreri's book is Lord of the Flies): Porchetta Sliders on Pretzel Bread with Dijon Mustard

Urban Solace (Matt Gordon's book is Secret of the Tsil Cafe): Spiced Sweet Corn Cake, Confit of Turkey Leg with Ancho-Dried Blueberry Mole

Photo by Stephanie Thompson

Plus, we'll have a "Manmosa" (blackberries, maple syrup, bulleit rye, and Prosecco) from Ian Ward of Snake Oil Cocktail.

Photo by Stephanie Thompson
And, delicious coffee drinks from Cafe Moto.

And that's just the eats and drinks. You'll want to bid on some amazing silent auction opportunities, including SDSU football tickets, a one-night stay at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, passes to several terrific local museums (Natural History, Museum of Art, Museum of Man, U.S. Midway Museum, Automotive Museum), tickets to the San Diego REPertory Theatre, In-N-Out coupons, and so much more.

So much more? Oh, yes... Sea Rocket Bistro is donating a four-course dinner in the winning bidder's home for up to six people, with a personalized seasonal menu created by Executive Chef Chad White -- plus wine pairings for each course. This is brilliant!

The event will be held at the McMillin Event Center on 2875 Dewey Road in Liberty Station. Tickets are $60 and may be purchased online at www.eatdrinkread.com. They are going fast, so hurry up and get yours now!

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