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Mama's Kitchen to host annual Wine Tasting in August

SAN DIEGO -- Mama's Kitchen's 18th Annual Wine Tasting Event, presented by Revivals, will be held at Bourbon Street Bar & Grill on Thursday, Aug. 15 from 6-9 pm.

Proceeds go directly to the daily operations of Mama’s Kitchen, the only non-profit in San Diego that prepares and delivers three meals a day, seven days a week, at no charge to men, women and children affected by AIDS/HIV or cancer.

Party-goers will experience eclectic wine tastings with pours throughout the evening, while enjoying a sumptuous selection of hors d’oeuvres.

“Our annual wine tasting event has become one of our signature and more important events,” said Alberto Cortés, executive director, Mama’s Kitchen. “The event provides a fun and relaxing opportunity for attendees to learn about how we provide life-sustaining nutrition to our neighbors battling AIDS or cancer. We are thankful to all who attend and support our mission.”

In addition to great wine, food and company, event highlights include a “Lucky Ticket” Silent Auction featuring gift packages from San Diego’s premiere dining and entertainment venues, as well as Mama’s Kitchen’s popular “Wine Deck” Drawing, where guests purchase a playing card for a 1-in-52 chance to take home a premium wine vault.

This year’s event marks the return of the Wine Bottle Ring Toss, a fun and competitive opportunity to win bottles of wine donated by generous companies and individuals. Attendees who bring five items to donate to the Mama’s Pantry service will receive three free rings to toss. The items to bring are among the most requested items by pantry clients and are donations of cereal, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, canned tuna or salmon.

Pre-sale tickets are available for $60, and tickets sold at the door are $70. Bourbon Street is located at 4612 Park Blvd. in University Heights. For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE or call 619-233-6262.

Revivals, located in Hillcrest, is the presenting sponsor of this year’s wine tasting fundraiser.

“Even though we’re beginning to win the battle in this fourth decade of the epidemic, much work remains to be done until AIDS is totally eradicated,” said David Brinkman, CEO of Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.). "Fortunately, just as D.A.P. is providing care for those with HIV and working to greatly decrease the spread of the virus in Palm Springs, we so admire the similar work that Mama’s Kitchen is doing in the San Diego area.”

Revivals will host a pre-event on Saturday, Aug. 10 at their Hillcrest location. Between 9 am and 6 pm, the public is encouraged to bring in a donation of new and used clothing, furniture, electronics or housewares for Revivals, to receive a raffle ticket to win a Mama’s Kitchen Wine Basket and two tickets to the Wine Tasting at Bourbon Street on Aug. 15. Revivals will offer a 20% discount for shopping that day to all donors (excluding brand new and consignment items).

Additionally, Revivals will also host a “Fill the Drawers” Food Drive for Mama’s Pantry, which provides a free monthly food shopping opportunity for low-income San Diegans living with HIV/AIDS and is a service of Mama’s Kitchen. The public is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to fill dresser drawers, which will be displayed in front of the store. The “Fill the Drawers” Food Drive also takes place on Saturday, Aug. 10 between 9 am and 6 pm.

Revivals is the presenting sponsor of the 18th annual Wine Tasting event to benefit Mama’s Kitchen. Major sponsors include Bourbon Street, Rex Goliath and Constellation Wines. Food and beverage providers include Muzita Bristro, Lei Lounge, Decker Brothers Gourmet, Sabuku Sushi, Charitable Organic Sweet, and Hacienda de las Rosas. Additional event sponsors include Organic Elements, Festivities Catering & Special Events, Promos Rok, Jaime Murray Photography, SDGLN.com, SD Pix, San Diego Uptown News and Gay San Diego.

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 than 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 at www.mamaskitchen.org.