Mama’s Day Extravaganza Reaches New Heights

Mama’s Day Extravaganza Reaches New Heights
April, 2012 Client News

San Diego – April 5, 2012 – Attendees planning on coming to the 21st annual Mama’s Day fundraiser will not be disappointed with the line-up planned for the event at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla on Fri., May 11, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

More than 700 guests are expected to attend an extraordinary evening to benefit Mama’s Kitchen, a nonprofit organization to cook and deliver hot, nutrition-specific meals free of charge to men, women and children affected by AIDS or cancer throughout San Diego County.
Last month, Mama’s Kitchen delivered their sixth millionth meal and the financial support needed to continue this work is crucial. “Mama’s Day is our largest fundraiser of the year, and we are delighted to see more than 60 of San Diego’s best and brightest culinary professionals from the finest restaurants, hotels and catering companies return,” said Alberto Cortés, executive director, Mama’s Kitchen. “They each donate their time, talent, and delicious food for the event, which enables us to continue to serve meals to critically ill clients throughout San Diego County at no charge.”
The VIP Reception, hosted by RIVIERA features Sam “the Cooking Guy” Zien and Ian Ward, mixologist, from Snake Oil. For the first time ever, VIP guests will be treated to an exclusive food and cocktail presentation at the VIP poolside RIVIERA Cabana Lounge. VIP guests can meet and mingle with Zien and Ward and enjoy a hosted bar with premium wine, beer and refreshments available throughout the evening. The VIP Reception is from 5:30 p.m. 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.
“Our guests return year after year to mix and mingle with San Diego’s top chefs and we knew we needed to kick it up a notch to keep our guests excited to renew their support for Mama’s Kitchen,” said Heather K. Bowden, event chairperson, Mama’s Day 2012, who is also a La Jolla resident. “The presentation by Sam and Ian adds an extraordinary element of interaction our guests will appreciate before they embark on an amazing evening for a special charity.”
Guests enjoy music, food and fun throughout the evening, as well as bidding on an extensive silent auction, entering an opportunity drawing for outstanding prizes, and Wine Vault, with a 1 in 52 chance to win more than 20 bottles of premium wines worth more than $1,000. Guests can also participate in a Super Silent auction, with text bidding, which allows party goers to keep tabs on their bids via their smartphones.
Mama’s Day 2012 is presented by Nordstrom and hosted by Sycuan Casino.
General admission tickets for Mama’s Day 2012 are just $125 per person, and will be $150 at the door. A limited number of premium VIP tickets are available at $250 per person, which includes early access at 5:30 p.m. to the exclusive VIP reception hosted by Riviera Magazine just before the doors open to general admission attendees at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased online at Sponsorships are available, and there are opportunities for chefs and restaurants to participate. For more information, please contact Kim Sontag at (619) 233-6262 or
About Mama’s Kitchen 
Mama’s Kitchen was founded in 1990 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 five million meals since it was founded and has never turned away a client who qualified for our 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 nearly 350 men, women, and children in San Diego County. Learn more and make a donation at
Mama’s Day 2012 Restaurant Participants (as of April 2, 2012)
Addison at The Grand Del Mar
Atoll at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
Authentic Flavors Catering
Baja Betty’s
Bertrand at Mister A’s
BICE Ristorante
Bleu Boheme
Cafe Champagne at Thornton Winery
Café Japengo
Café Secret
Cardiff Seaside Market
Decker Brothers Gourmet
Dolce Donuts
Eclipse Chocolat
El Bizcocho at Rancho Bernardo Inn
Elizabethan Desserts
Eurobar Espresso
Food Farm
Flavor Del Mar
Hash House A Go Go
Hillcrest Brewing Company
Gossip Grill
Java Jive Espresso Catering
Katsuya at Andaz Hotel
Mustangs & Burros at Estancia La Jolla
One Hope Wine
Patricio Esquivel Enchanting Events
Piatti Ristorante & Bar
Postcards American Bistro
R-Gang Eatery
Rancho Valencia Restaurant
Red Marlin at The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
Rimel’s Bar & Grill
Sally’s Seafood on the Water
San Diego Culinary Institute
Snooze, An AM Eatery
Soleil @ K at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp
Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens
Sycuan Café & Grill
Sycuan Casino
The French Gourmet
The Marine Room
The Mediterranean Room at La Valencia Hotel
The merK Bistro
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
The Red Door & Wine Bar
The Shores Restaurant at The La Jolla Shores Hotel
The Steakhouse at Azul La Jolla
The Tractor Room
The Wild Thyme Company
Thornton Winery
Top of the Market
Urban Mo’s
Urban Solace/Solace & The Moonlight Lounge
Vagabond Restaurant
Vela Restaurant at the Hilton Bayfront
WhisknLadle Bistro and Bar
Zenbu Sushi Bar