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Area chefs to present signature dishes at Rotary Coeur de Cuisine

Delisle and Lois Calac will be honored at the annual Rotary fundraiser.

Delisle and Lois Calac will be honored at the annual Rotary fundraiser.

Dozens of chefs throughout North San Diego County and beyond will prepare and present their signature dishes at the 14th annual Coeur de Cuisine fundraiser, Sunday, March 5, at the California Center for the Arts Escondido.

The Rotary Club of Escondido’s 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. gourmet gala will feature cuisine samplings, paired with wine, beer, and spirits from 40 restaurants, wineries, and breweries.

Coeur Chairman Paul McNamara said net proceeds from the event are expected to near $100,000 and will fund a wide range of charitable programs in the coming year, including grants for 30-plus community, youth, and vocational programs as well as scholarships for graduating seniors from Escondido, Orange Glen, San Pasqual, and Escondido Charter high schools and the San Pasqual Academy.

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“Attending Coeur de Cuisine is great way for people to support our community and have fun doing so,” Mc- Namara said.

Honorees for the event are long-time community supporters Delisle and Lois Calac who are being recognized for 50-plus years of service to both Escondido and the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians.

“The Calacs exemplify Rotary’s ‘Service Above Self’ creed and we’re privileged to be able to honor them,” McNamara said.

A 4 p.m. VIP reception will honor a long list of Coeur sponsors, headed by Rancho Guejito as the Le Grand Gourmet sponsor.

Founded 92 years ago, the Rotary Club of Escondido is the largest service club of any kind of North San Diego County.

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