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On Thursday, July 26th, Memphians will have the chance to sample dishes from eight Cooper-Young restaurants while helping spread literacy.

"A Taste of Cooper-Young" will take participants on a delectable tour of the Cooper-Young neighborhood, with all proceeds benefiting the Memphis Literacy Council. People will be divided into three groups of about 75 each for 6, 7, and 8 p.m. tours.

The tours are set to begin at Burke's Book Store, where the "Literatini" drink will make its debut. "The Literatini is a special recipe made just for us, and each person will get to try one," says the council's Debra Hall.

Afterward, tour groups will visit Tsunami, the Beauty Shop, Dō Sushi & Lounge, Café Ole, Young Avenue Deli, Celtic Crossing, the Blue Fish, and the brand-new Sweet Desserterie.

"At each restaurant, people will get to try a different dish," Hall says. "They can stroll around the neighborhood, duck into a restaurant, and then go on to the next. Cooper-Young is known to be a great place for food, and this is going to be a really fun event."

Following dinner, the groups will head to the Literacy Council on South Cooper for wine. There will be live music and a silent auction with area artwork and other items from Cooper-Young businesses. Participants will also vote for the "People's Choice Award" to name the favorite dish of the night.

"This event is a great way to experience something that's unique to Memphis," Hall says. "Only in Memphis do you have a neighborhood like Cooper-Young."

"A Taste of Cooper-Young," Cooper-Young area, Thursday, July 26th, 6, 7, and 8 p.m. $50. To purchase tickets, visit

www.memphisliteracycouncil.org or call 327-6000, ext. 1006. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

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