Chair Jennifer Kearns invites you to savor memorable signature dishes at this tasting extravaganza fundraiser, presented by Nordstrom and hosted by Sycuan

San Diego – Feb. 27, 2017 –MKSaveTheDate_front_346x525 The 26th annual Mama’s Day is scheduled for Friday, May 12 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 55 chefs from San Diego’s finest restaurants, hotels and catering companies who graciously prepare delicious samples for nearly 650 attendees.

Proceeds from the event help to raise critical funds for Mama’s Kitchen’s mission to deliver hot, nutritious meals free of charge to local men, women, and children affected by AIDS or cancer. Last year, Mama’s Day raised $165,000, which provided 51,000 home-delivered meals.

Guests enjoy food, music 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 event is chaired by long-time volunteer Jennifer Kearns. Jennifer has served Mama’s Kitchen for over two decades as a donor and board member from 2004 to 2010, as well as president of the board in 2007 and Mama’s Day co-chair in 2010. Jennifer, who is a partner at Duane Morris LLP, recently returned to the Mam’s Kitchen Board in 2014.

“I am committed to Mama’s Kitchen because I have seen first-hand the impact that Mama’s makes on the lives of our clients. They are so grateful for our deliveries of nutritious food, accompanied by a warm smile,” said Jennifer. “Mama’s Day is our largest fundraising event and every year, our valued food and beverage providers raise the bar higher and higher. It’s truly a culinary extravaganza!”

Presented by Nordstrom and hosted by Sycuan, Mama’s Day pre-sale tickets are available for just $150 per person and $175 at the door. Premium VIP tickets are available for $250 each, and include early access at 5:30 p.m. to an exclusive VIP dining area and pre-party featuring a private culinary chef’s presentation before the doors open to general admission attendees at 6:30 p.m. VIPs also enjoy a full hosted bar for two hours.

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

Event Calendar Details

26th Annual Mama’s Day benefiting Mama’s Kitchen
Friday, May 12, 2017
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92122
Tickets: $ 150 (General); $ 250 (VIP)

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About Mama’s Kitchen

Mama’s Kitchen’s 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. During the past 26 years, Mama’s Kitchen has served over eight million meals and has never turned away a client who qualified for our services. Our commitment to our clients remains unchanged and 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 approximately 350 men, women, and children in San Diego County. Learn more and make a donation at Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.