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Mama’s Day breaks its fundraising record in 2013

SAN DIEGO – Mama’s Day 2013, the original food-tasting event in San Diego, this year raised a record-breaking $215,000 for Mama’s Kitchen, a non-profit organization which prepares and delivers hot, nutrition-specific meals free of charge to men, women and children affected by AIDS or cancer throughout San Diego County.

About 780 guests attended the food and wine event on the evening of Friday, May 10, at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at the Aventine. The poolside affair featured an amazing lineup of 55 of San Diego’s top restaurants and executive chefs.

Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien returned for the fifth consecutive year as the event’s culinary host, entertaining VIPs at a private, exclusive pre-event reception alongside Ian Ward, an award-winning mixologist and co-founder of Queen Connor Ward. The pair performed a cooking and cocktail demonstration at the special reception with a hosted bar sponsored by Stone Brewing Co. and St. Petersburg Vodka.

“This is by far the most successful Mama’s Day fundraiser to date,” said Alberto Cortés, executive director, Mama’s Kitchen. “I would like to thank the volunteers, guests, donors and Mama’s Kitchen staff for helping their support in fulfilling our mission of providing nutritious meals for San Diego’s critical ill.”

Guests sampled an amazing array of entrees, beverages and desserts offered by San Diego’s top restaurants. Along with the delicious treats, guests also bid on an extensive silent auction and had a change to enter a drawing for selected prizes or a wine vault that had $1,000 worth of premium wines. The best selling auction items were the Padres Skybox for 20 Sycuan and the private dinner with Sam “The Cooking Guy.” AJ Machado from “The AJ Show” on Energy 103.7 FM was the event emcee for Mama’s Day 2013. Mama’s Day 2013 was presented by Nordstrom and hosted by Sycuan Casino.

About Mama’s Kitchen

Mama’s Kitchen was founded in 1990 when volunteers from the AIDS Assistance Fund realized a reliable home meal delivery service was needed to ensure their clients received 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. In 2012, Mama’s Pantry served 774 individuals. Mama’s Kitchen has served more six million meals since it was founded and has never turned away a client who qualified for 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 more than 625 men, women, and children in San Diego County. Learn more and make a donation HERE.

Mama’s Day 2013 Restaurant Participants

* = 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
California Fruit Wine*
Canyon Grille at the Welk Resort*
Coffee & Tea Collective
Cusp Dining & Drinks*
Decker Brothers Gourmet
Dolce Donuts
Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro
Elizabethan Desserts
Eurobar Coffee & Wine Events
Finch's Wine Bar and Bistro*
French Gourmet Bakery, Restaurant and Catering
The Glass Door
Gossip Grill
Great Maple*
Harry’s Bar & American Grill
Hash House A Go Go
Hillcrest Brewing Company
KELVIN at W San Diego*
Marine Room
Mustangs & Burros at Estancia La Jolla
Nose to the Grind*
Pacifica Del Mar*
Paipa's Buffet at Sycuan
Piatti Ristorante & Bar
Oceanaire Seafood Room
R-Gang Eatery*
Roy Yamaguchi’s Pacific Rim Cuisine*
Sally's Seafood on the Water
San Diego Culinary Institute
Slater’s 50/50*
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
Solace & the Moonlight Lounge
Soleil@K at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp
Stone Catering
Table 926*
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