Lifestyle Events

27th annual Mama’s Day event to be held May 11

The 27th annual Mama’s Day is scheduled for Friday, May 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine located at 3777 La Jolla Village Drive. Mama’s Day, often touted as the original San Diego tasting event, is held the Friday evening before Mother’s Day and features more than 50 restaurants offering distinctive tastes to more than 600 attendees. From San Diego’s finest restaurants to our city’s top of the line hotels and catering companies, Mama’s Day is an evening of fun, food and friends that all will enjoy.

Proceeds from the event help to raise critical funds for Mama's Kitchen's mission to deliver three hot, nutritional meals a day, seven days a week and free of charge to local women, men and children vulnerable to hunger due to HIV, cancer or other critical illnesses. In 2017, Mama’s Day raised $178,900, which provided 56,794 home-delivered meals to Mama’s Kitchen’s clients. This year, the event aims to raise $215,000 which will provide 73,000 meals to San Diego’s critically-ill neighbors.

Guests will enjoy food, live music from Bonnie Foster Productions, and fun throughout the evening while dining on distinctive dishes graciously prepared and served by executive chefs from the region’s top restaurants. At this San Diego tasting event, guests are also encouraged to bid on an extensive silent auction or buy a chance to win fabulous prizes in an opportunity drawing to help raise critical funds for those most vulnerable to hunger in San Diego County.

This year’s culinary host is Emmy Award-winning chef and author Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien, who will be providing a special cooking presentation for VIP guests. Zien has received 15 Emmy Awards for his work on his self-titled TV show “Sam the Cooking Guy.” He has been a long-time supporter of Mama’s Kitchen and Mama’s Day.

Tickets may be purchased online at Sponsorships are available, and there are opportunities for chefs and restaurants to participate. For more information, please contact Geraldine Zamora at 619-233-6262 or

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