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Weekend Preview: A Garden Of Lights, The Echo Of Dracula, And A Cook’s Confablieri

Aired 12/18/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

This weekend in San Diego presents some great opportunities to join in the merriment of the holiday season, either by enjoying holiday themed activities or just taking part in the unique offerings that make San Diego a culturally and gastronomically enriching place to live.

Barbarella Fokos, author of “Diary of a Diva” column and “Your Week” at the San Diego Reader.

Troy Johnson, Food Critic at San Diego Magazine.

Transcript

This weekend in San Diego presents some great opportunities to join in the merriment of the holiday season, either by enjoying holiday themed activities or just taking part in the unique offerings that make San Diego a culturally and gastronomically enriching place to live.

The first offering we think is worth hitting this weekend is definitely filled with holiday-themed fun. The San Diego Botanic Garden’s presents the Garden of Lights 2012. In addition to the beauty of over 100,000 sparkling lights turning the gardens into a “winter wonderland,” they’ll have Santa on hand, a huge marshmallow-roasting campfire, live music, holiday craft-making, a nutcracker exhibit, wagon rides, and weather permitting, a romp in the snow. This event should delight all ages and it runs December 8-23 and the 26-39, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The holiday delights continue with the “highly anticipated” Cook’s Confab Christmas Dinner. This delicious dinner’s culinary delights are touted as an old-english, victorian style holiday event, with a classic french-inspired twist. The Cook’s Confab is a local group of “notable chefs and mixologists” that throughout the year host these unique dinner parties, each chef taking a turn hosting at their own venues. This particular dinner is being hosted at Oliver & Rose, this Sunday, December 16 from 1-5 p.m. Required attire is period costume or steampunk.

A non-holiday themed cultural event on hand this weekend is the Canyon Crest Academy Envision Dance Conservatory presentation of The Echo of Dracula, which starts tonight. The original story’s theme delves into the "perceptions of good and evil, our fears of the unknown, and the struggle to overcome these fears to behave in ways that align with our own true character and values."

Another great meal to enjoy this weekend is the Bo Beau Edith Piaf Dinner. This special themed dinner is part of four days of festivities celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the Cohn Restaurant, Bo Beau and an honorary birthday celebration for the famed French singer Edith Piaf. The festivities start Friday and run through Monday night, with the Edith Piaf three-course dinner on Sunday evening.

These are just a taste of the weekend’s happenings that make living in San Diego such a pleasure. Whatever happening you decide to take part in - enjoy!

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llk | December 13, 2012 at 1:42 p.m. ― 1 year, 10 months ago

Hi KPBS. Did the Cohn Restaurant Group pay you to promote the Bo Beau Edith Piaf Dinner? Just curious how the editors decide which events to highlight. Thanks.

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