Mama's Day Tasting Extravaganza Fundraiser Returns To Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine On Friday, May 8

April 11, 2015

Considered one of the top culinary events in San Diego, the Mama’s Day fundraiser returns to Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine on Friday, May 8, from 6:30-9:30pm, offering attendees tastes from some of San Diego's most notable chefs and restaurants. 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. 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. 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.

Participating restaurants and purveyors serving samples at Mama's Day 2015 include Addison, Argyle Steakhouse at Park Hyatt Aviara, Betty's Pie Whole, Bice San Diego, Bracero Cocina de Raiz, Breakfast Republic, Café Champagne, Café Japengo, Carnitas Snack Shack, The Cravory, D Bar, Decker Brothers Gourmet, Don Chido, Elizabethan Desserts, Fig Tree Café, Finch's Bistro & Wine Bar, Great Maple, The Hake Kitchen & Bar, Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar, Marina Kichen, The Marine Room, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Paipa's Buffet at Sycuan, Piatti's Ristorante & Bar, The Pony Room at Rancho Valencia, Prepkitchen, The Red Door, Sabuku Sushi, Sally's Seafood on the Water, Saltbox, San Diego Culinary Institute, Sea & Smoke, Snooze, Solace & the Moonlight Lounge, Soleil @K, Stehly's Farms Organics, Sushi Lounge on Market, Table 926, Taj Farms, Thornton Winery, Uptown Tavern, Urban Solace, Wachena at Sycuan, Wang's North Park, West Coast Tavern, Whisknladle Hospitality, Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub, Yardhouse and more!

Pre-sale tickets are available for $125 per person and $150 at the door. Premium VIP  tickets are available for $250 each, which includes early access at 5:30pm 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 6:30pm. VIPs also enjoy a hosted bar throughout the evening. Proceeds from the event go to benefit Mama's Kitchen.
Chef Bernard Guillas from The Marine Room enthusiastically plating his dish. 
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. 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.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine is located at 3777 La Jolla Village Drive.