Encore Magazine: The Cape Fear Literacy Council’s popular 12 Tastes of Christmas returns

Published: December 8, 2015

By:  Shannon Rae Gentry

NOT TO MISS: The 12 Tastes of Christmas to benefit the Cape Fear Literacy Council likely will be another sold out event at the Brooklyn Arts Center (516 N. 4th St.) on Dec. 11 . Photo by EJM Photography

NOT TO MISS: The 12 Tastes of Christmas to benefit the Cape Fear Literacy Council likely will be another sold out event at the Brooklyn Arts Center (516 N. 4th St.) on Dec. 11 . Photo by EJM Photography

U.S. Department of Education research shows low literacy is an underlying issue related to underemployment, poor health status and limited civic engagement. These and other social ills come at significant costs to individuals and society as a whole.

“The effects of low literacy cost the United States more than $225 billion each year in non-productivity in the workforce and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment,” says Erin Payne, director of fund development at CFLC.

To tackle low literacy requires volunteers and funding, which ultimately requires fundraising events. One of CFLC’s newest annual efforts, 12 Tastes of Christmas, quickly has become a favorite around the holidays. ILM foodies can flock to the Brooklyn Arts Center (516 N. 4th St.) for the third annual event on Friday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. The theme this year is “Ice Haus.” Think of it as a blue winter wonderland of sorts, says co-organizer of 12 Tastes, Nina Bays-Cournoyer.

All to benefit the Cape Fear Literacy Council, guests sample seasonal bites and enjoy sips of festive cocktails, as made by local restaurateurs and eateries. PinPoint, Palate, Caprice Bistro, Flytrap Brewing, Chops Deli, Wilmington Brewing Company, Yosake, Detour Deli, Twist & Stout, Costellos, Soulful Twist, Duck & Dive, and many more are participating in what is expected to be another sold-out event. Festivities will be complete with raffles, while DJ Free Waterfall will set the groove throughout the evening in fashionably festive attire.

encore talked to both Payne and Bays-Cournoyer about the new and returning vendors, what’s being plated up this year, and how the event helps combat low literacy in the Wilmington area.

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