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San Diego's top restaurants return for annual Mama's Day fundraiser

SAN DIEGO -- Guests at this year's Mama's Day fundraiser - benefiting Mama's Kitchen - will enjoy an amazing line-up of culinary delights from San Diego’s top restaurants and executive chefs at the evening poolside affair, taking place Friday, May 10, at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.

Sam “the Cooking Guy” Zien will return for the fifth consecutive year as the event’s culinary host, and for the first time, AJ Machado from “AJ in the Mornings” on Energy 103.7 (KEGY-FM) will emcee the event.

Mama’s Day is always held the Friday evening before Mother’s Day, and supports Mama’s Kitchen’s belief that every person is entitled to the basic necessity of life – nutritious food. More than 700 guests are expected to attend the annual fundraiser.

"Mama’s Day is our largest fundraiser of the year and the original food tasting event in San Diego," said Alberto Cortés, executive director, Mama’s Kitchen. "Each year we welcome the best of the best of this region’s culinary professionals from the finest restaurants, hotels and catering companies, and their commitment to our organization enables us to continue to serve meals to critically ill clients throughout San Diego County at no charge."

Regular and VIP ticket options are available.

VIP ticket holders will be treated to a reception featuring Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien and Ian Ward, award-winning mixologist and co-founder of Queen Connor Ward. The pair will treat guests to an exclusive and interactive food and cocktail presentation. VIP guests also enjoy a hosted bar sponsored by Stone Brewing Co. and St. Petersburg Vodka, available throughout the evening.

The VIP Reception featuring Zien and the crew is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and guests are encouraged to arrive early so they don’t miss out on the show. The VIP Lounge is open throughout the evening’s festivities.

"Mama’s Day continues to be one of the leading fundraisers in San Diego and this year will not disappoint," said Heather K. Bowden, event chairperson, Mama’s Day 2013, who is also a La Jolla resident. "From the amazing culinary dishes to mingling with San Diego’s top chefs and the engaging VIP presentation with Sam and Ian, guests can expect a night to remember while raising crucial funds for Mama’s Kitchen."

Guests are also encouraged to bid on an extensive silent auction and enter an opportunity drawing for select prizes, or Wine Vault with a chance to win more than $1,000 worth of premium wines.

Mama’s Day 2013 is presented by Nordstrom and hosted by Sycuan Casino. There is still time for restaurants to participate and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Ben Coyle at 619-233-6262 or ben@mamaskitchen.org.

Tickets and more information are available HERE.

List of Mama's Day 2013 Restaurant Participants (as of March 6)

* = new this year

Addison at The Grand Del Mar

Amaya La Jolla*


Baja Betty's

Bice Ristorante

Bleu Bohème

Café Champagne at Thornton Winery

Café Japengo

Canyon Grille at the Welk Resort*

Coffee & Tea Collective

Cusp Dining & Drinks*

Decker Brothers Gourmet

Eclipse Chocolat

Elizabethan Desserts

Finch's Wine Bar and Bistro*

French Gourmet Bakery, Restaurant and Catering

Gossip Grill

Great Maple*

Hash House A Go Go

Hillcrest Brewing Company

Katsuya by S+arck

KELVIN at W San Diego*

Marine Room

Mustangs & Burros at Estancia La Jolla

Pacifica Del Mar*

Paipa's Buffet at Sycuan

Piatti Ristorante & Bar

Postcards American Bistro at the Handlery Hotel


R-Gang Eatery*

Sally's Seafood on the Water


San Diego Culinary Institute

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

Solace & the Moonlight Lounge

Soleil@K at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp


Stone Catering

The Pool Club at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel*

The Wellington Steak and Martini Lounge*

Thornton Winery

Top of the Market

Tractor Room

Urban Mo's

Urban Solace

Veladora at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa*

Wachena at Sycuan Casino