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EAT By joel martens


You have to love a party like this, a diverse wine selection with decants

throughout the evening, a wonderful assortment of hors d’oeuvres and a great group of people to share this evening fundraiser with—all for one of San Diego’s premier causes—Mama’s Kitchen. Of the event, Executive Director Alberto Cortez states, “It is a fun and relaxing evening where friends come together to have a good time and support a common cause. I encourage everyone to join us on for a variety of wine pours, served with plenty of delightful food. What better way to help others?” Thanks goes to Bourbon Street for hosting for another year, the Mama’s

Kitchen’s 17th Annual Wine Tasting Event on Thursday, August 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., a premier and extremely popular community event now in on it’s 17th iteration. This year also has the return of Revivals, an- other Hillcrest mainstay, as a presenting sponsor. Said David Brinkman, CEO, Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) of the event and cause, “Short of a cure, I believe we are winning the battle against HIV and just as D.A.P. is providing care for those with HIV and working to greatly decrease the spread of the virus in Palm Springs, we so admire the similar work that Mama’s Kitchen is doing in the San Diego area.” In addition to great wine, food and company, event highlights include

a “Lucky Ticket” Silent Auction, featuring gift packages from San Diego’s premiere dining and entertainment venues, as well as Mama’s Kitchen’s popular “Wine & Spirits Deck” drawings, in which guests purchase a play- ing card for a 1-in-52 chance to take home either a premium wine vault or a wine and spirits vault. This year’s event also marks the return of the Wine Bottle Ring Toss, a creative opportunity to win bottles of wine and prizes donated by generous companies and individuals. Bring five items such as cereal, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, canned tuna or salmon to donate to the Mama’s Pantry service and receive three free rings to toss. Come on out for some good company, a little wine, some good eats and

chances to win big while supporting one of the worthiest causes in San Diego. Let’s help spread Mama’s love to all that need it, ‘cause the best way to everybody’s heart is Mama’s home cookin’. For tickets and information go to


FINE . . .

by joel martens Our own gilded San Diego LGBT version of the famed American

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebration of excellence, is appearing for its 37th annual spin on Sunday, August 26. The coveted golden statue is awarded to those community standouts deemed deserv- ing, through online voting by academy members—the San Diego com- munity at large. Long considered one of the West Coast’s oldest community awards

ceremony, the event was founded in 1975 by then City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez, who sought to recognize members of a growing constituency. The goal of the “Nicky’s” is not only to showcase outstanding local community members and entertain for an evening, it raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for countless chari- ties and LGBT organizations. Always a popular red carpet event, the Nicky Awards

attract a large group of attendees that have included prominent public officials, from members of Congress, Mayors, Police Chiefs and Senators. Governor Gray Davis once praised the awards; “By showcasing excellence in the LGBT community, the Nicky Awards serve as proof that every person has something important to contribute.” Tickets are being booked and are $85 for

VIP and $60 for general admission. To buy a table of 10 for you and your friends the price is $600 or for VIP, $850. Get those tickets early as this party always is a sell out! For more information and to purchase tickets go to

Online Voting is open until Wednesday, August 15, so GET ONLINE AND VOTE!

AUGUST 2012 | RAGE monthly 13

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