People Of Action

The Escondido Rotary Club is proud to announce the honorees for the 2018 Coeur de Cuisine

Mike and Cindy Peters

Mike and Cindy Peters

The highlight of Coeur de Cuisine™ is honoring members of our community who best exemplify the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self. Mike and Cindy Peters are founding members of the Escondido Charitable Foundation, which provides grants to local non-profit agencies. In its 10 years of existence, the Foundation has raised over $3 Million to benefit local organizations in Escondido.

Cindy Peters

Cindy has been a resident of Escondido since 1955, attending Felicita Elementary School, Juniper Elementary School, Del Dios Middle School and Orange Glen High School. She went to Palomar College and then continued her education at San Diego State University, graduating in 1973. She has a degree and teaching credential in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Special Education, as well as Music. She began her teaching career in Special Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Escondido Union School District in 1973.

Cindy has taught at several schools here in Escondido - Central, Rincon, Rock Springs, and Oak Hill, as well as returning to Orange Glen High School as a teacher for the hearing impaired. She has been blessed to teach for Rotarians Elmer Cameron, Ron Smith, Ron Guiles and Leila Sackfield.

She was a New Teacher Mentor, trained as a Reading Recovery teacher, as well as setting up a Title-1 program. Additionally she was trained in the use of cochlear implants for deaf students and developed a program for other educators and staff in the Escondido School District. Cindy has also worked for several years at Cal State San Marcos, as a Teaching Supervisor for students finishing their teaching credential program. Cindy was named Special Education Teacher of the Year in 1991.

Outside of the Escondido Union School District, Cindy has been involved with the Deaf Ministry at Emmanuel Faith Community Church, and founded the Silent Witness ministry 25 years ago. Silent Witness is a group of young women that minister to the church and community through American Sign Language, set to music. They perform with the EFCC choir, as well as throughout the community, including at Elizabeth Hospice, Rotary Christmas programs and SIDS memorial services.

Mike Peters

Mike has been a resident of North County San Diego for over 45 years. As a graduate of San Diego State University, he began his banking career in San Diego in 1972. He holds a graduate degree from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

Mike has been President and CEO for two local banks: Hidden Valley National Bank and The Bank of Escondido. He is currently the Executive Vice President and San Diego Regional Manager for Pacific Western Bank, which was founded in San Diego County in 1982. Including recent acquisitions, Pacific Western now has over $25 Billion in assets, and ranked as the Best Bank in America by Forbes Magazine in 2017.

Mike is active in the community, including being on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego for over 30 years, the Boards of the Escondido Downtown Business Association, the Escondido Charitable Foundation, and the North San Diego Business Chamber.

Mike and Cindy live in Escondido. Their two children (Jeff and Cara) and six grandchildren also live, work and play in Escondido. Jeff is a real estate broker in Escondido, and Cara is a 3rd grade teacher for the Classical Academy, in Escondido.

2018 Cordon Bleu Sponsors

  • Dr. Douglas and Margaret Moir
  • Serenity Financial - Mountain Meadow Mushrooms
  • Bill and Dee Smith
  • Ron and Molly Smith - Royce and Mary Beth Moore
  • CMB Wealth Solutions
  • Banner Bank - Fred Baronowski
  • Waypoint Business Advisors
  • The Elizabeth Hospice
  • Dr. Nick and Ruth Tsoulos
  • The Conrad Companies - Keith Richenbacher
  • The Wolford Family
  • George Weir Asphalt Construction, Inc.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego
  • Mike and Cindy Peters
  • Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
  • Alex and Irene Galenes - Bill and Wanda Smith
  • Ron and Sally Guiles - Ken Myers
  • Susie Snow - Larry and Carol Trautner
  • Escondido Charitable Foundation

2018 Individual Sponsors

  • Christine Montan
  • Frances Moore
  • Ken Myers And Debra Hucek
  • Andrew Kirwin
  • Trudy Armstrong
  • Alex Galenes

2018 Beverage And Wine Participants

Ambhar Global Spirits

ambharBased on centuries-old recipes and made in small batches from 100% blue agave, AMBHAR Tequila is an ultra-premium tequila tailored for the distinguishing connoisseur who appreciates and savors the taste of perfection.

Beachhouse Winery

beachhouse wineryBHW provides high quality, handcrafted wines produced locally, using time-honored processes to be enjoyed in an inviting and relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy your favorite wine varietals in our beautiful tasting room.

Bernardo Winery

bernardo wineryThe Bernardo Winery, family owned and operated since 1927, is the oldest family owned and operated winery in Southern California. Escape for the day and feel like you’ve been transported to an Old World Village!

The California Spirits Company

cal spiritsThe California Spirits Company is a micro- Distillery in San Marcos, CA. We make whiskey, rum, vodka, gin, and specialty products. We offer tours of the facility, tastings, and alcohol production education.

Fallbrook Winery

fallbrookOne of the leaders in California’s emerging South Coast wine region, Fallbrook Winery’s 36 acres rest between the Pacific Coast and the Pala Mesa Mountains, producing the highest quality red and white varietals.

Forgotten Barrel Winery

Forgotten BarrelWhether you’re new to wine tasting or a seasoned connoisseur, you’ll enjoy your tasting experience at Forgotten Barrel Winery. We’re excited to introduce you to the wines we craft, and make suggestions suited to your taste.

Hungry Hawk Winery

hungry hawkDrink in amazing views of San Pasqual Valley as you experience and learn about our 15 varietals on a vineyard tour. Enjoy the enclosed and air conditioned tasting room or relax on the outdoor patio while enjoying gorgeous views.

La Fleur’s Winery

lafleurWe are dedicated to making superior wine with grapes sourced from California vineyards, including our estate vineyard in Escondido. Good wine, good people and a desire to give back to the community!

Major Market

majorMajor Market offers a European Bakery, Gourmet Service Deli, Full Service Butcher Shoppe & Seafood Counter, Top Grade Produce and thousands of imported, specialty and health food grocery items.

Manzanita Roasting Company

manzanitaMuch as good wines represent where they come from, our small-batch coffee beans represent the unique farms, climates and countries they come from. Farm to Cup, we practice sustainable methods of roasting from start to finish.

Mother Earth Brew Company

mother earth brewWith a solid core lineup, rotational specialty calendar, and our uber- limited barrel program: The Four Seasons of Mother Earth, our three tiered selection of stellar beers gives you a number of ways to Love Your Mother.

Orfila Winery

orfilaOrfila produces critically acclaimed wines using Italian and French varietals, including those from the Rhône Valley, Burgundy and Bordeaux. We offer beautiful facilities for events and fun community oriented offerings.

Perfect Soul Whiskey

perfect soulFrom scratch we create 100 proof small batch rum and whiskey. We eliminate the bite, the burn, the aftertaste. The smoother the better. We appreciate a tasty full flavored, pure and clean, higher quality rum and whiskey.

Pochteca Liqueurs

pochtecaPochteca Liqueurs is the only All Natural flavored liqueur made with Tequila 100% Agave. Our flavors include: Almond, Blackberry, Chocolate, Coffee, Mango, Coconut, Lime, Hibiscus, Tamarind and Pomegranate.

St Petersburg Vodka

stpetersburgCreating a superior product is about finding the perfect balance. Employing too strong of a distillation will eliminate the non-volatile oils that add flavor & too weak of a distillation will create a very harsh vodka.

Stone Brewery

stoneSince the company’s founding in 1996, we have been dedicated to supporting our community, giving back in any and every way possible. We passionately promote a culture of social responsibility, collaboration and involvement.

Tequila Fortaleza

fortalezaUsing traditional and artisanal methods, our goal is to make the best tequila we can. By doing so we honor our great-great grandfather, great grandfather, and grandfather. Viva Los Abuelos!! Viva Fortaleza!!

Turquoise Barn Cider

turquoisebarnciderSomeone had the grand idea to make cider in the large barn on the ranch in Ramona ... and sell it. After a meeting on a Tuesday evening around the kitchen table, Turquoise Barn Cider was born.

Venom Vodka

venomWe are proud to present Venom Vodka. Crafted in small batches from the freshest all natural corn base grain. From the beautiful captivating Medusa on the label, to the ultra smooth vodka, Kim’s heart went in to this product.

Wine Warehouse

winewarehouseWine Warehouse was established in 1973 by passionate wine collectors. Today, they continue a tradition of bringing superb products to California supported by an unsurpassed team of dedicated professionals.