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"It'll be a way to see some of your favorite restaurants in a new light," says Debra Hall, director of development and marketing for the Memphis Literacy Council. "It'll be like having a few nights out — all in one night — too," she adds. "And it'll definitely be the place to see and be seen."

Hall's referring to the "Taste of Cooper-Young" fund-raiser on Tuesday, August 18th. It's a chance to not only support the valuable programs offered by the Memphis Literacy Council but to visit some of your old (and new) restaurant favorites in the Cooper-Young neighborhood: Beauty Shop, Blue Fish, Cafe Ole, Celtic Crossing, Central BBQ, Do Sushi, Fork It Over, Lou's Pizza, Otherlands, Soul Fish, and Tsunami. Here's how the evening works:

Ticket-buyers schedule one of three "seatings" — meaning, you show up at 6, 6:45, or 7:30 p.m. at the literacy council at 902 S. Cooper, enjoy a "Literatini," then walk to the restaurants in the area to sample the dishes specially prepared. (There's food on the council's premises too. Go for it.) Participants then return to the council to enjoy a glass of wine, coffee, and music headed by Jim Petit of the Drum Shop. You can bid on items in a silent auction as well.

Sounds fun, and what's more, it's for a good cause: funding the programs, all of them freely offered, by the nonprofit Memphis Literacy Council. Those programs include literacy instruction for adults, conversational classes for adults learning English as a second language, and the distribution of good-quality books to low-income Memphis families. What else do you want? How about affordable?

The entire evening — the "Literatini," the restaurant tastings, the coffee, the wine, the music — goes for $50 per person. But act now. Reservations are limited. "Taste of Cooper-Young" has 220 tickets to sell.

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