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San Diego’s Original Tasting Event ‘Mama’s Day’ Celebrates 28 Years

Emmy® Award-Winning chef, Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien, returns as culinary host, invites you to savor memorable signature dishes at this tasting extravaganza fundraiser presented by Nordstrom, hosted by Sycuan and supported by The Hay Foundation

San Diego CAMama’s Kitchen is prepping for its 28th annual Mama’s Day scheduled for Friday, May 10, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine located at 3777 La Jolla Village Drive. 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 II 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 ping pong, corn hole 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, 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. Sponsorships are available, and there are opportunities for chefs and restaurants to participate.

Event Calendar Details

28th Annual Mama’s Day benefiting Mama’s Kitchen
  • Friday, May 10, 2019
  • 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. 
  • Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine – 3777 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA 92122
Early Bird available now: $50 off tickets through March 31; $100 (General); $200 (VIP)
More info and to purchase tickets: www.mamaskitchen.org