San Diego County Bakers Pledge Support for West Coast’s Largest Bake Sale to Benefit Mama’s Kitchen

San Diego County Bakers Pledge Support for West Coast’s Largest Bake Sale to Benefit Mama’s Kitchen
September, 2013 Client News

San Diego – September 12, 2013 – Sycuan, Urban Solace, Behind the Scenes Catering, Andaz San Diego, and Just Call Us Catering are just a few of the local restaurants, hotels and catering companies that have pledged their talent to create and donate delicious pies for the upcoming Mama’s Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale. The fundraiser benefits Mama’s Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that delivers healthy meals at no cost to San Diego men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS or cancer. Sales begin October 7 and continue through November 24, 2013. Fresh pumpkin and traditional apple pies are available for just $20 each; Dutch apple and pecan pies are also available for just $25 each. Pies can be purchased online via or by calling (619) 233-6262.

All proceeds from pie sales go directly into funding thousands of free, hot and nutritious Mama’s Kitchen meals, which help ensure that no one living with AIDS or cancer will go hungry in the San Diego community. Many of San Diego’s top pastry chefs, caterers, and bakeries donate traditional Thanksgiving pies for this annual Mama’s Pie in the Sky Bake Sale. Mama’s Pie in the Sky volunteers will deliver the pies to more than 20 sites throughout San Diego County for pickup Wed., November 27.

So far, 19 bakers from throughout San Diego County have come forward to donate pies to the effort. These include:

Alchemy San Diego (South Park)
Andaz San Diego (Downtown San Diego)
Behind the Scenes Catering & Events (Miramar)
Brothers Cafe (Downtown)
Centerplate (Mission Valley and Downtown San Diego)
Cork and Platter (San Diego)
Elizabethan Desserts (Encinitas)
Great Maple (Hillcrest)*
Grove Pastry Shop (Lemon Grove)*
Hyatt Regency La Jolla (La Jolla)
Just Call Us Catering (Clairemont)
Loews Hotel Coronado Bay (Coronado)
Sea and Smoke (Del Mar)*
Solace and the Moonlight Lounge (Encinitas)*
Sweet Cheeks Baking Company (Mission Valley)*
Sycuan Casino (East County San Diego)
The Manchester Grand Hyatt (Downtown)
Twiggs Bakery & Coffeehouse (University Heights/Normal Heights)
Urban Solace (North Park)

* = new participant in 2013

“Mama’s Pie in the Sky pie sale has become a tradition in San Diego, and one that many San Diegans look forward to as they give thanks over the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Alberto Cortés, executive director, Mama’s Kitchen. “The price of just one $20 pie enables us to provide six nutritious, home delivered meals to our neighbors affected by AIDS or cancer.” In 2012, the Mama’s Pie in the Sky Bake Sale was the biggest and most successful to date, netting more than $102,928 through pie sales and event sponsorships for the organization.

In 2013, Mama’s Kitchen hopes to sell more than 5,000 pies during the six-week sales period, and raise $110,000 and fund more than 43,000 meals. Additional pie bakers are needed to help with the effort. Individuals and teams are encouraged to volunteer to sell pies for a chance to win prizes from generous sponsors. Pie Sellers are also encouraged to use their social media networks to promote their participation in Mama’s Pie in the Sky, as all sales funnel through their sales website. For information on this year’s sales effort and to learn how to volunteer, visit or call Ben Coyle at 619-233-6262.

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 six 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 more than 625 men, women, and children in San Diego County. Learn more and make a donation at

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