Improving literacy locally can be something as simple as spending an afternoon with the area's best chefs and authors.
Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry's fifth annual Cooks & Books is from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.
The fundraiser benefits the Beaufort County literacy group that provides basic reading skills for adults and English as a second language programs.
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About 14 restaurants and 10 authors will be on hand. Restaurants dole out samples of some of their favorite dishes. Authors will sell and sign their books.
The Heat is On competition will pit 10 local chefs against each other in a cooking contest. Each chef gets a basket of mystery ingredients and 30 minutes to create a dish.
Marvin Bouknight; Eric Horan; Jim Jordan; Fran Marscher; Sallie Ann Robinson; Margot Theis-Raven; Kathryn Wall; Karen White; Marc Yarbrough; David Young
Antonio's Italian Cuisine; Catch 22; Chart House; Cookies by Design; Flavors; Frankie Bones Restaurant & Lounge; French Bakery & Courtyard Cafe; Kenny B's French Quarter Cafe; Mulberry Street Trattoria; Old Fort Pub; Pino Gelato; Red Fish; Roast Fish & Cornbread; Wise Guys Lounge
Literacy Volunteers is a nonprofit organization that has helped more than 7,000 people with reading, writing and math skills. Cooks & Books raises about $40,000 for the organization.
Meet some of the chefs and cooks beforehand at the Cooks & Books preview party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at TidePointe on Hilton Head Island. A buffet will be prepared by TidePointe executive chef Stephen Stewart. Advance tickets are $75.