Rotary food fest simply delicious
By: Jeff Frank - Staff Writer
So it turns out that the Coeur de Cuisine gastronomic extravaganza was also an educational experience.
"I never knew kiwi would taste good dipped in a chocolate fountain," said Escondido Councilwoman Marie Waldron, one of about 470 people who did plenty of chocolate dipping and entree nibbling Sunday at the Escondido Rotary Club's food festival.
The chocolate fountain was a popular meeting area, as were most of the 50 food and beverage purveyors who made sure that nobody left hungry. Some folks, like me, who shy away from red meat and shellfish, found slimmer pickings, but, smartly, I was seated right next to the dessert table. The Delight of France pastries were definitely a delight.
The host Rotarians seemed pretty pleased with the evening at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, which included a 10-minute video tribute to Edna Sahm and an auction in which auctioneer Angelo Damante seemed to take great pleasure in bidding up and even buying many of the items.
But the food was the star, with the guests grazing for three hours on the goodies prepared by the chefs of some of the finest restaurants in Escondido, San Marcos, Rancho Bernardo, La Jolla, Del Mar and San Diego.
"It's fabulous. I'm rolling home," said Rosa Ruiz, who knows her way around a kitchen as a gourmet Peruvian chef. "When I came in, this dress was perfect. Now I can hardly breathe in it."
For the first time, guests selected winners of People's Choice Awards. Taking home those medals were Cafe Luna, Major Market and Asia Vous among the eateries, and Orfila Winery, El Corazon tequila and Stone Brewing Co. for their liquid refreshments.
The bottom line for the Rotary was also delicious, with chairwoman Jackie Skay estimating a net of more than $100,000 to support the club's charitable endeavors.