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Arika Daniels
Scatena Daniels Communications

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine to Host 24th Annual Mama’s Day Tasting Extravaganza Fundraiser

Sam ‘The Cooking Guy’ Zien returns as Culinary Host for May 8 fundraising event

San Diego – Feb. 18, 2014 – Mama’s Kitchen continues it’s 25th anniversary celebration with Mama’s Day 2015 on Fri., May 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine located at 3777 La Jolla Village Drive. The fundraising event, held the Friday evening before Mother’s Day, features more than 55 chefs from San Diego’s finest restaurants, hotels and catering companies who graciously prepare delicious samples for nearly 600 attendees.

Now in its 24th year, Mama’s Day is the original San Diego tasting event and helps to raise critical funds for Mama’s Kitchen’s mission to deliver hot, nutrition-specific meals free of charge to local men, women, and children affected by AIDS or cancer.

Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien returns for the seventh consecutive year as the event’s Culinary Host. Guests enjoy music, food and fun throughout the evening while dining on distinctive dishes graciously prepared and served by executive chefs from the region’s top restaurants. Guests are also encouraged to bid on an extensive silent auction or buy a chance to win fabulous prizes in an opportunity drawing.

Pre-sale tickets are available for just $125 per person and $150 at the door. Premium VIP (Very Important Patron) tickets are available for $250 each, which includes early access at 5:30 p.m. to an exclusive VIP pre-party featuring a private culinary presentation by Sam the Cooking Guy before the doors open to general admission attendees at 6:30 p.m. Very Important Patrons also enjoy a hosted bar throughout the evening.

Tickets may be purchased online at Sponsorships are available, and there are opportunities for chefs and restaurants to participate. For more information, please contact Aimee Halfpenny at (619) 233-6262 or

Event Calendar Details

24th Annual Mama’s Day benefiting Mama’s Kitchen

Friday, May 8, 2015
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92122

Tickets: $125 (General); $250 (VIP)

More info and to purchase tickets:

About Mama’s Kitchen
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Mama’s Kitchen was founded 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/AIDS who are able to prepare meals the opportunity to supplement their nutritional needs. Mama’s Kitchen has served over seven million meals since it was founded and has never turned away a client who qualified for our services.  Our commitment to our clients remains unchanged. Today, the organization has expanded its service to San Diegans affected by either AIDS or cancer. Mama’s Kitchen provides three meals a day, for every day of the year, free of charge, to approximately 350 men, women, and children in San Diego County. Learn more and make a donation at