Mama’s Kitchen Celebrates 23rd Annual Mama’s Day at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine | Friday, May 9

April 21, 2014

Support a great cause while sipping refreshing cocktails and savoring special dishes created and served by San Diego’s finest chefs and restaurants. The 23rd installment of “Mama’s Day” returns to the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine on Friday, May 9 from 6:30-9:30pm. The extraordinary culinary poolside affair is a major source of funding for Mama’s Kitchen - a local nonprofit organization which cooks and delivers hot, nutrition-specific meals free of charge to men, women and children affected by AIDS or cancer throughout San Diego County.

Held the Friday evening before Mother’s Day, Mama’s Day 2014 features more than 55 of San Diego’s premier restaurants, hotels, wineries and catering companies who graciously donate delicious samples for nearly 700 attendees. Guests enjoy music, food and fun throughout the evening, as well as bidding on an extensive silent auction, entering an opportunity drawing for outstanding prizes, and a Wine Vault, with a chance to win more than $1,000 worth of premium wines. Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien returns for the sixth consecutive year as the event’s culinary host.

Sam 'The Cooking Guy' Zien at work!
“Mama’s Day is the original food tasting event in San Diego and our largest annual fundraiser,” says Alberto Cortés, executive director, Mama’s Kitchen. “The commitment we receive from the region’s top culinary professionals, our volunteers and community members, continually positions Mama’s Day as one of the most sought-after events to attend. This dedication enables Mama’s Kitchen to continue to serve meals to critically ill clients throughout San Diego County at no charge.”

The VIP Reception features Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien who will treat guests to an exclusive and interactive food presentation. VIP guests also enjoy a hosted bar sponsored by Stone Brewing Co., St. Petersburg Vodka and Groundswell Brewing Company, from 5:30 - 8:00pm. The VIP Reception featuring Zien is from 5:30 - 6:30pm, and guests are encouraged to arrive early so they don’t miss out on the show. The VIP Cabana Lounge is open throughout the evening’s festivities.

Tickets to Mama's Day are $125 per person, and $150 at the door. Premium VIP tickets are available for $250 per person. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 619-233-6262.

Mama’s Day 2014 Restaurant Participants include (with more added daily):
* = new this year

Addison at the Grand Del Mar
Amaya La Jolla
Baja Betty's
Betty's Pie Whole*
BiCE Ristorante
Café Japengo
The Cravory*
D Bar Restaurant
Davanti Enoteca*
Decker Brothers Gourmet
Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro
Elizabethan Desserts
Festivities Catering & Special Events
Fig Tree Café*
Finch's Bistro and Wine Bar
Glass Door
Gossip Grill
Great Maple
Harry's Bar and American Grill
Hash House a Go Go
Hillcrest Brewing
Il Fornaio*
°Kelvin at W San Diego
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Mia Francesca*
The Marine Room
Oceanaire Seafood Room
Pacifica Del Mar
R-Gang Eatery
Roy Yamaguchi's Pacific Rim Cuisine
Sabuku Sushi*
Sally's Seafood on the Water
San Diego Culinary Institute
Sea & Smoke*
Shimbashi Izakaya*
Solace & the Moonlight Lounge
Soleil @ K
Sycuan Casino
Table 9
Top of the Market
Tractor Room
Uptown Tavern*
Urban Mo's
Urban Solace
Vela Restaurant
Vivace at Park Hyatt Aviara*
Wang's North Park*
The Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge
West Coast Tavern*
Whisknladle Hospitality

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/AIDS who are able to prepare meals the opportunity to supplement their nutritional needs. Mama’s Kitchen has served nearly seven million meals since it was founded and has never turned away a client who qualified for our services. 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.

Mama’s Day 2014 is presented by Nordstrom and hosted by Sycuan Casino. For more information, please contact Ben Coyle at (619) 233-6262 or [email protected], and learn more and make a donation at