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an Diego’s most popular culi- nary and social event, “Mama’s Day: A Mosaic of Taste,” returns to the Hyatt Regency La Jolla on Fri., May 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. An extraordinary culinary evening featuring more than 55 of San Diego’s premier chefs and restaurants, Mama’s Day is a major source of funding for Mama’s Kitchen, the only organization that prepares and delivers three meals a day, seven days a week at no cost to San Diego County residents af- fected by AIDS or cancer. Held the Friday evening before Mother’s Day, Mama’s Day 2011 features more than 55 chefs from San Diego’s finest restaurants, hotels, wineries and catering companies who graciously prepare delicious samples for nearly 700 at- tendees. Guests enjoy music, food and fun throughout the evening and can bid on an extensive silent auction, a Super Silent auction, en- ter an opportunity drawing for out- standing prizes, and win Wine and Vodka Vaults, each containing 18 bottles of premium wines or vodka. Sam “the Cooking Guy” Zien of Discovery’s Health Channel, is the Culinary Host for the evening and Vic Salazar of Vic Salazar Commu- nications will emcee the event. Alberto Cortés, executive direc- tor of Mama’s Kitchen, is grateful to the chefs and restaurants par- ticipating in the fundraising event. “They are helping us celebrate our past successes and raise money for our future successes by donat- ing their food, services and time to Mama’s Day,” praises Cortés. Proceeds from Mama’s Day en- able Mama’s Kitchen to cook and deliver hot, nutrition-specific meals free of charge to men, women and children affected by AIDS or can- cer throughout San Diego County. Mama’s Kitchen served nearly 325,000 meals and had a total of 4,849 Mama’s Pantry visits in 2010. Larry Rinehart, former owner of TK&A Custom Catering and current Mama’s Kitchen board member, is this year’s event chair. Originally chaired by Jeanne Jones and Jim Bowers, and founded by Tony Kopas of TK&A Custom Catering in 1991, the first Mama’s Day event was held under the name “An Evening at the Bistro.” At the time, it was the first restau- rant tasting event of its kind, which is now emulated by many organiza- tions today. Although Kopas died from complications of AIDS in January 1995, the TK&A Custom Catering team continues to support Mama’s Kitchen and its fundrais- ing events, including Mama’s Day 2011. “Tony Kopas really set the bar for excellence in the San Diego catering community, not only by his work in the industry but in the way he supported his commu- nity,” says Lisa Richards, current owner, TK&A Custom Catering. “I, along with my TK&A Family, feel that the mission of Mama’s Kitchen is so very important to our community, and we’ve proudly supported Mama’s Day every year since 1991.” Mama’s Day 2011 is presented by Nordstrom, and hosted by Sycuan Resort & Casino; Union Bank is also a major sponsor the event. Media sponsors include Riviera Magazine, Sophie 103.7 radio,, Gay San Diego

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and Rage Magazine. Tickets are $125 per person, and $150 at the door. Premium VIP tickets are available at $250 per person and include an exclusive party at the W Hotel on April 8, 2011. Purhase tickets at ma- Sponsorship op- portunities are also available. 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, a food bank for people with AIDS, 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 more



Addison at The Grand Del Mar Amaya at The Grand Del Mar Authentic Flavors Catering Cardiff Seaside Market Decker Brothers Gourmet Elizabethan Desserts Prepkitchen

San Diego Authentic Flavors Cater- ing

Sbicca Bistro Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens The Fish Joint

TK&A Custom Catering Truluck’s Seafood, Steak,

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than five million meals since it was founded and has never turned away a client who qualified for services. 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 300 men, women, and children in San Diego County.

Enjoying a treat at Mama’s Day. and Crab House

LA JOLLA: Café Japengo

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar - La Jolla Mustangs and Burros at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa Piatti Ristorante & Bar Prepkitchen Shores Restaurant at The La Jolla Shores Hotel The Mediterranean Room at La Valencia Hotel

The Steakhouse at Azul La Jolla Vigilucci’s Ristorante La Jolla

Whisknladle Bistro & Bar


Atoll at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa Baja Betty’s Bertrand at Mister A’s Bleu Boheme C Level

Eclipse Chocolat Gossip Grill Handlery Hotel & Resort Hash House A Go-Go

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