Chef Joachim Splichal was looking for a different way to introduce folks to the cuisine at his soon-to-be restaurant, Pinot Provence in Costa Mesa. He decided on the Capistrano Antiques and Garden Show, in San Juan Capistrano Friday through Sunday.
To Splichal, known for his five-star menu, dishing out samples to 5,000 lovers of antiques, jewelry and decorative arts made sense. For one thing, he'll have lots of company. More than 60 vendors will present wares at the show.
Proceeds benefit the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at UC Irvine as well as two other groups, the Camino Health Center Auxiliary and the Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley.
"It is truly an honor to be involved in an event benefiting such a vital area of research into spinal cord injuries," says Splichal, referring to the Reeve-Irvine center.
Vendors have spent a few hectic days setting up for the three-day show.
"It's interesting that while it's taken four years to launch Pinot Provence, [which opens in August], we have been able to create a virtual restaurant in just two days for this event," Splichal says.
The show is on the site of the Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley, across the street from the Decorative Arts Villa, 31431 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 a day. Information: (949) 488-9600.