Mama’s Kitchen is prepping for its 28th annual Mama’s Day scheduled for Friday, May 10, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. Mama’s Day, often touted as the original San Diego tasting event, is held the Friday evening before Mother’s Day and features more than 50 restaurants offering distinctive tastes to more than 600 attendees. From San Diego’s finest restaurants to our city’s top-of-the-line hotels and catering companies, Mama’s Day is a one-night-only event filled with fun, food and friends for all to enjoy.
Proceeds from the event help to raise critical funds for Mama’s Kitchen’s mission to deliver three medically-tailored nutritional meals a day, seven days a week and free of charge to local women, men and children vulnerable to hunger due to HIV, cancer or other critical illnesses like congestive heart failure and Type 2 diabetes. In 2018, Mama’s Day raised $170,000, which provided 58,000 home-delivered meals to Mama’s Kitchen’s clients. This year, the event aims to raise $220,000, which will provide 75,342 meals to San Diego’s critically ill neighbors.
The annual event will once again bring together executive chefs from the region’s top restaurants that support the cause with spectacular dishes. Guests will also enjoy live music and entertainment, and fun lawn games poolside, including pingpong, cornhole and more. Those looking to walk away with more than delighted taste buds are encouraged to bid on an extensive silent auction or buy a chance to win fabulous prizes in an opportunity drawing to help raise critical funds for those most vulnerable to hunger in San Diego County.
“We’re so humbled to be part of a community that embraces our mission and gives so much. Mama’s Day continues to be a way we celebrate our wins alongside everyone who makes Mama’s Kitchen special,” said Alberto Cortés, executive director of Mama’s Kitchen. “The funds raised by this event will continue to be used to touch more lives and provide nutritious meals to thousands of San Diegans in need.”
Making his return as this year’s culinary host is Emmy Award-winning chef and author, Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien, who will be providing a special cooking presentation for VIP guests. Zien has received 15 Emmy Awards for his work on his self-titled TV show “Sam the Cooking Guy.” He has been a long-time supporter of Mama’s Kitchen and Mama’s Day. In addition, VIP guests will also have access to the Pavilion for a first look at featured restaurants, as well as a special presentation from a Mama’s Kitchen client.
Tickets may be purchased online at mamaskitchen.org. Early bird available now: $50 off tickets through March 31; $100 (general); $200 (VIP)
Sponsorships are available, and there are opportunities for chefs and restaurants to participate. For more information, please contact Silvia Dominguez at 619-233-6262 or email@example.com.
— Mama’s Kitchen was founded in 1990 when volunteers from the AIDS Assistance Fund discovered that many of their clients were becoming too ill to take care of themselves. They realized that a reliable home meal delivery service was needed to ensure that these individuals would continue to receive nutritious, life-sustaining food. In 2004, Mama’s Pantry was opened to provide individuals with HIV who are able to prepare meals the opportunity to supplement their nutritional needs. During the past 28 years, Mama’s Kitchen has served over 8 million meals and has never turned away a client who qualified for our services. Our commitment to our clients remains unchanged and in May 2017, Mama’s Kitchen expanded its mission to serve San Diegans affected by HIV, cancer, congestive heart failure and Type 2 diabetes.