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Celebrate the Best of Baja in San Diego at WiLDCOAST’s Baja Bash

By Michele Joyce

Show your support for Baja’s fragile ecosystem and mingle with conservation advocates at the Baja Bash tomorrow evening, Saturday, June 2 at the Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier in San Diego. WiLDCOAST, a San Diego-based organization that works for coastal and marine conservation, is throwing the benefit party from 6-10 p.m. to celebrate the best of Baja—including the region’s food, wine, music, and wildlife.

The organization has booked live entertainment, including the Grammy-nominated Nortec Collective Hiperboreal, but the food promises to rival the music as the true star of the show.

“Since 2000, when WiLDCOAST was founded, we have seen Baja California undergo a creative boom,” says Serge Dedina, executive director of WiLDCOAST, “chefs like Javier Plascencia, Benito Molina, Solange Muris, and Diego Hernandez have become celebrities in the gastronomic world.”

Plascencia, of Tijuana’s Mision 19, was recently featured in the New Yorker, and all of the chefs who will be preparing food for the benefit were featured on The Travel Channel’s No Reservations with Anthony Bordain on May 28, so you can get to know a little more about them before coming, and then enjoy the sustainable seafood and other Mexican dishes they will serve.

Wines from the Valle de Guadalupe will complement the menu, including award-winning Adobe Guadalupe wines, and wine from the boutique vineyard Casa de Piedra. Peligroso Tequila will whip up a special WiLDCOAST margarita for the occasion.

In addition to great food, drink, and live entertainment, there will be a photography exhibition and a silent auction.

WiLDCOAST has spent more than a decade working in San Diego and Baja California to preserve the rich variety of plant and animal life that make it a natural setting for enchantment and exploration. The organization manages the 105,000-acre Bahia Concepcion Peninsula Preserve and has put together several successful public awareness campaigns, including a large-scale campaign to encourage people to abstain from eating turtle meat and turtle eggs, as well as campaigns to preserve threatened coastline and species.

Tickets are available for $75 each at www.wildcoast.net. Proceeds from the Baja Bash will go toward the organization’s continued efforts to conserve the most vulnerable coastal and marine habitats in San Diego and Baja California.

Michele has lived in, and traveled extensively, in Mexico, and has written about it for magazines including Conde Nast Traveler and travel guides like Fodor’s, Berlitz, and Insight Guides.

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