San Diego – October 9, 2012 – Sycuan, Urban Solace, Hyatt Regency La Jolla, 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 Oct. 1, and continue through Nov. 18, 2012. Fresh pumpkin, pecan, apple and no-sugar added apple pies are available for just $20 each. Pies can be purchased online viawww.mamaspies.org 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 Wednesday, Nov. 21.
So far, 26 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 (Spring Valley)*
- Crazy Wheel Coffee (food truck)*
- Elizabethan Desserts (Encinitas)
- Empire House urban palate (Hillcrest)*
- Feast On This Catering (Miramar)
- Hyatt Regency Mission Bay(Mission Beach)
- Hyatt Regency La Jolla (La Jolla/UTC)
- Just Call Us Catering (Clairemont)
- Loews Hotel Coronado Bay (Coronado)
- Nunzi’s (Hillcrest)
- San Diego Desserts (Rolando)
- Scottish Pastries Co. (El Cajon)*
- Sbicca (Del Mar)
- Stone Catering (Escondido)*
- Sycuan (Alpine)
- The French Gourmet (Pacific Beach)
- The Manchester Grand Hyatt (Downtown)
- The Palm Restaurant (Downtown San Diego)*
- The Wild Thyme Company (Miramar)
- Twiggs Bakery & Coffeehouse (University Heights/Normal Heights)
- Urban Solace (North Park)*
* = new participant in 2012
“The annual Mama’s Pie in the Sky pie sale has become a Thanksgiving tradition in San Diego. It provides an opportunity to check off one more thing from your holiday ‘to do’ list while supporting our mission,” said Alberto Cortés, executive director, Mama’s Kitchen. “The price of one pie is just $20, and enables us to provide six nutritious, home delivered meals to our neighbors affected by AIDS or cancer.” In 2011, the Mama’s Pie in the Sky Bake Sale was the biggest and most successful to date, netting more than $100,000 through pie sales and event sponsorships for the organization.
In 2012, Mama’s Kitchen hopes to sell more than 6,000 pies during the six-week sales period, and raise $125,000 and fund more than 39,000 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.
The annual Harvest Festival is one community event where Mama’s Kitchen will be present where volunteers will be taking pie orders for their annual Mama’s Pie in the Sky fundraiser. Harvest Festival guests are encouraged to donate a non-perishable food item to Mama’s Kitchen‘s Mama’s Pantry program to receive a $2 discount on one general or senior admission ticket to the festival. The Kidzone, a fun play area for toddlers and children, will be run by Home Depot and all proceeds collected will go to Mama’s Kitchen. The Harvest Festival runs Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For information on this year’s sales effort and to learn how to volunteer, visit www.mamaspies.org or call Aimee Halfpenny 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 570 men, women, and children in San Diego County. Learn more and make a donation at www.mamaskitchen.org.