According to the San Diego Council on Literacy, there are 440k adult San Diegans who read below the 5th grade level, facing innumerable obstacles they often can't recognize, as you don't usually learn the word “obstacle” until 6th grade. So to combat this plight, 13 of SD's top restos are gathering together to raise funds by drawing inspiration from their favorite wordsmiths to create unique dishes intended to make critics eat their words. Almost literally. Though they're keeping the final dishes pretty hush-hush, we spent ages actually reading the
Spark Notes versions of the books in order to make extremely educated guesses as to what to expect from:
The Restaurant: Urban Solace/ Solace & the Moonlight Lounge
The Book: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
The Dish: Crap. Did you know this book does not chronicle the invention of the Hot Pocket? Right. Us too... Anyway, Papa Hemingway had a hot temper, so we're guessing they combined Paris and Mexico and opted for habanero foie gras empanadas con papas fritas.
The Restaurant: Amaya at The Grand Del Mar
The Book: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Dish: Because beans and ketchup are so Lennie, Amaya's grand gesture will probably reference the Dust Bowl and the complete and utter lack of proper sustenance by... dusting off a bowl and filling it with tortilla soup!
The Restaurant: Bread & Cie
The Book: Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss
The Dish: The Oobleck being an obvious metaphor for high-fructose corn syrup, and how it makes kids fat if they complain about the weather, the most likely culinary extrapolation will be some sort of flan sweetened only by an unwavering respect for nature.
The Restaurant: The Red Door
The Book: The Odyssey by Homer
The Dish: This decade-long road trip's chock full of would-be sex slavery, blinding cyclopses, men being turned into pigs by cheese & wine, and mass suitor-homicide so... like, carne asada?
Just because everyone is really hungry for Mexican right now doesn't mean at least one of these isn't wrong, so, to assuage potential disappointment, Stone and Craft & Commerce will be on hand to divvy out the Drink part of the equation, though get in on that too aggressively and you might have your own problems reading above a 5th grade level.