Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien returns as culinary host; RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Winner and producer of San Diego’s ‘Dreamgirls Revue’ Chad Michaels to give special performance.
Mama’s Day, one of San Diego’s most anticipated culinary events, returns on Friday, May 7, 2021 for an online party like no other!
Mama’s Kitchen is proud to commemorate its 30th Mama’s Day to bring the community together for an evening of great food, fun and friendship. Proceeds from the event benefit Mama's Kitchen's mission to deliver three medically-tailored nutritional meals a day, seven days a week, free of charge for local individuals and families vulnerable to hunger due to HIV, cancer or other critical illnesses, including congestive heart failure, type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease.
An evening in to help raise critical funds for healing meals
Taking place the Friday before Mother’s Day, the annual tradition is the organization’s largest fundraiser. This year, Mama’s Kitchen aims to raise $85,000 through Mama’s Day to benefit its home-delivered meal program, which will provide more than 17,000 meals to its clients. With the event being virtual, attendees can tune-in to Mama’s Day from anywhere and in the comfort of their own homes.
General admission and VIP tickets are available online and range from $150 to $250 and include a special multi-course dinner catered by Hyatt Regency La Jolla at The Aventine, a party box, and access to the virtual event featuring live entertainment, special presentations, an opportunity drawing to win fabulous prizes and much more. Attendees will also have access to the Mama’s Day virtual photo booth to share fun and festive pictures of their at-home celebration with all other party-goers.
Can’t attend the celebration but still want to support critically ill San Diegans? You can help Mama’s Kitchen’s mission by funding meals for critically ill neighbors. No act of generosity is too small to make a difference.
Name a better duo, we’ll wait
Making his return as the event’s culinary host is Emmy® award-winning chef, author, YouTube personality and restaurateur, Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien. In addition to hosting the event, he will also provide a special presentation. Zien has received 15 Emmy awards for his TV show “Sam the Cooking Guy,” has garnered over 2.6 million YouTube followers, and is the owner of Not Not Tacos (in Little Italy and Costa Mesa), Graze by Sam the Cooking Guy (in Little Italy), and Samburgers (in Little Italy, Seaport Village and coming soon to Costa Mesa).
Making a guest appearance is the one and only Chad Michaels. Known for winning RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season One and the producer of San Diego’s “Dreamgirls Revue,” Michaels will provide an unforgettable performance
Mark your calendars for Mama’s Day 2021
“Although we can’t be together in person, we look forward to bringing together our community partners, supporters and friends to virtually celebrate 30 years of Mama’s Day,” says Alberto Cortés, CEO, Mama’s Kitchen. “It’s already been a big year for Mama’s Kitchen as we just marked our 10 Millionth Meal milestone. We couldn’t reach these new heights without the support of the community and look forward to celebrating all who make our work possible at this year’s Mama’s Day.”
Admission tickets may be purchased online at mamaskitchen.org, as well as opportunity drawing tickets for the chance to win amazing prizes from Sycuan Casino Resort, Hyatt Regency La Jolla at The Aventine, local restaurants gift cards, and more.
Mama’s Day is sponsored by Hyatt Regency La Jolla at The Aventine and Sycuan Casino Resort. Sponsorships are still available. For more information on how to get involved, please contact Silvia Dominguez at 619-233-6262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT MAMA’S KITCHEN
Mama's Kitchen was established in 1990 by a San Diego caregiver who enlisted volunteers to prepare and deliver free meals to neighbors who were sick with HIV/AIDS and unable to cook for themselves. The organization 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 launched to serve HIV+ San Diegans who are healthy enough to cook but unable to purchase nutritious food due to extremely low income. Since then, the organization has expanded their Home-Delivered Meal Service program to other at-risk populations including those battling cancer (2006), individuals with heart failure and diabetes (2018), and individuals with chronic kidney disease (2020). Beyond medically tailored meals, clients also receive nutritional counseling from registered dietitians. In 2021, the organization delivered its 10 millionth meal.
For 30 years, Mama’s Kitchen has never turned away a client who qualified for its services. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the organization responded to an overall 50 percent increase in demand, welcoming more than 1,400 new critically ill clients, and delivering more than 715,000 meals since March. Mama’s Kitchen will continue to provide emergency response efforts and currently provides home-delivered meals and nutrition education services to over 2,000 individuals and families in San Diego County annually. Learn more and make a donation at www.mamaskitchen.org. Connect with Mama’s Kitchen on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.