We've been searching for the best word describe the Winterfest Kick-off event. We haven't reached a consensus, but some of us are calling it a cabaret night. Merriam-Webster defines cabaret: "a restaurant serving liquor and providing entertainment." Close...there will be food - tickets include a charcuterie-style buffet. There will be entertainment - the talented performer Liam Kearney. As for liquor service - there will be a cash bar. You just can't call Collins Hall a restaurant. And yes, there will be tables with seating like most cabarets.
In our pursuit of the right word, the nerdy types discovered that the first known use of the word cabaret was in 1655. According to Merriam-Webster the etymology is: "French, from Middle French dialect (Picard or Walloon), from Middle Dutch, alteration of cambret, cameret, from Middle French dialect (Picard) camberete small room, ultimately from Late Latin camera." To state the obvious, there is nothing small about Collins Hall.
So...what do you think? Can we call the Winterfest Kick-off a cabaret?