july 25, 2003

DEL MAR TIMES

The Foundation salutes Sbicca's and Pacifica

By Lynn Gaylord

We Del Marians have to be the luckiest community in the world to have such world class restaurants like Pacifica and Sbicca's in our very own backyard. You were really one of the fortunate ones if you had a picnic dinner last Tuesday evening at the Twilight Concert provided by the Del Mar Foundation, courtesy of these two fine restaurants. It just doesn't get better. Thank you Sbicca's! Thank you Pacifica!

With the restaurants' help in providing these picnic dinners for four plus two bottles of wine to folks making a $150 contribution, the Del Mar Foundation is able to put on many cultural activities in town like "First Thursdays," the Twilight Concerts, Shakespeare in the Plaza, family and holiday celebrations, as well as make grants to much needed programs like the Historical Society's oral history project or the "Welcome to Del Mar" newcomer's brochure.

"The concerts are wonderful and we love Del Mar," says owner Dan Sbicca. "I like to support the city. A lot of good people live here. It's an honor to do this for the Foundation."

With the start of race season the next day and the restaurant flooded with people, I suppose I was nothing short of in awe that Dan and Susan, his wife and head chef at the restaurant, would take time to support the community and the Foundation in this way.

"It is definitely a lot of work, especially at this time of year, but I love to be able to spread our fare through providing these picnic dinners," said partner and chef at Pacifica Del Mar, Chris Idso. "The Del Mar Foundation is a vital asset to the community and Pacifica Del Mar is proud to be a part of what they do," added principle owner Kipp Downing.

Speaking on behalf of the Foundation and probably the community at large, I believe we have some of the nicest business partners in the world supporting the Del Mar Foundation's efforts and we are truly grateful. I know we will all support them in return!

If you would like to order a picnic dinner (for 4 people) for the next Twilight concert on August 19, send your $150 donation payable to The Del Mar Foundation, P. O. Box 2913, Del Mar, Ca. 92014 or download the application from www.DelMarFoundation.org . For questions, call (858) 404-0580. Picnic dinners will be catered by En Fuego and Harvest Ranch Market. We hope you will join us!

Lynn Gaylord is President of The Del Mar Foundation.