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San Diego’s Original Tasting Event, Mama’s Day, Celebrates 25 Years

Tasting extravaganza fundraiser presented by Nordstrom and hosted by Sycuan; Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien returns as culinary host for eighth consecutive year

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San Diego – March 31, 2016 – The 25th annual Mama’s Day is scheduled for Fri., May 6 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. 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 55 chefs from San Diego’s finest restaurants, hotels and catering companies who graciously prepare delicious samples for nearly 600 attendees.

Proceeds from the event help 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. Last year, Mama’s Day raised $176,000, which provided 57,680 home delivered meals. The best-selling auction items included a private dinner with Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien and a Skybox for 20 guests at PETCO Park.

Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien returns for the eighth 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. Please see full list of restaurants at the bottom of this release.

Presented by Nordstrom and hosted by Sycuan, Mama’s Day pre-sale tickets are available for just $150 per person and $175 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 dining area and 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. VIPs also enjoy a full hosted bar for two hours.

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

Event Calendar Details

25th Annual Mama’s Day benefiting Mama’s Kitchen
Fri., May 6, 2016
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, Calif. 92122
Tickets: $150 (General); $250 (VIP)
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About Mama’s Kitchen

Mama’s Kitchen’s 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/AIDS who are able to prepare meals the opportunity to supplement their nutritional needs. During the past 25 years, Mama’s Kitchen has served eight million meals and has never turned away a client who qualified for our services. Our commitment to our clients remains unchanged and 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 Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Mama’s Day 2016 Restaurant Participants (as of March 31, 2016)

*= New this year

Aqui es Texcoco*
Betty’s Pie Whole
Bice Ristorante
Bliss and Baker*
Bracero Cocina de Raíz
Breakfast Republic
Bully’s East Prime Bistro Sports Bar*
Café Japengo
Café Secret
California Fruit Wine Co.
Cravory Cookies
Davanti Enoteca
Decker Brothers Gourmet
Duke’s La Jolla*
Elizabethan Desserts
Fig Tree Café
Fireside by The Patio*
Grand Hyatt San Diego
Great Maple
Groundswell Brewing Co.
Harley Gray Restaurant and Bar
Hash House A Go Go
Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa
Marina Kitchen and Bar
The Marine Room
Mia Francecsa Del Mar
Paipa’s Buffet at Sycuan
Piatti Restaurant
Polanco Kitchen and Bar
The Red Door
San Diego Culinary Institute
Stehly Farms Organics
Snooze an AM Eatery
Solace and the Moonlight Lounge
Sushi Lounge on Market
Taj Farms
Top of the Market
Uptown Tavern
Urban Solace
Vivace at Park Hyatt Aviara
Waypoint Public*
Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub
Yard House