Mama’s Day, one of San Diego’s most anticipated culinary events, will take place from 5:30-9:30pm.
For 32 years, Mama’s Day brings together more than 300 attendees for an elegant evening of fun, food, friends, and fundraising for local nonprofit Mama’s Kitchen. Historically, this annual event takes place the Friday before Mother’s Day weekend; however, for the first time ever Mama’s Kitchen will be holding the event a week earlier as Mother’s Day weekend can be challenging for participating restaurants, especially those that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mama’s Day will feature more than 20 food purveyors offering delicious bites from San Diego’s finest restaurants, catering companies, and hotels. Participating restaurants this year include Avant, Babe Kombucha, Batch & Box, Cafe Madeleine, CUSP Dining and Drinks, DRIFT Eat & Drink, EscoGelato, Piatti Restaurant, Ponto Lago at Park Hyatt Aviara, Sally’s Fish House, Snooze, An A.M. Eatery, Sycuan Casino Resort – Bull & Bourbon Steakhouse, The Cottage, The Crack Shack, and Trust Restaurant Group
Proceeds from the event raise critical funds for Mama’s Kitchen’s mission to deliver three medically tailored nutritional meals a day, seven days a week, free of charge to local women, men, and children vulnerable to hunger due to HIV, cancer, or other critical illnesses, including congestive heart failure, type 2 diabetes, and chronic kidney disease.
Mama’s Day guests will enjoy unlimited tastings from participating restaurants, chefs, and caterers. There will also be live music by the Wildside Band, entertainment by one of San Diego’s top magicians, Ben Silver, as well as a MAC Cosmetics booth. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction and a fun photo booth to capture the special night. Returning as this year’s culinary host is Emmy award-winning chef, author, YouTube personality, and restaurateur, Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien. Zien has received 15 Emmy awards for his TV show “Sam the Cooking Guy,” has garnered over 3.5 million YouTube followers, and is the owner of restaurants Not Not Tacos, Graze by Sam the Cooking Guy, and Samburgers, all serving up Sam’s signature recipes in Little Italy.
Also new this year, both VIP and general admission ticket holders will have the unique opportunity to attend a Welcome Cocktail Reception to enjoy a special presentation by Sam “The Cooking Guy,” hear remarks from one of Mama’s Kitchen’s clients, as well as participate in a raise the paddle to help fundraise for the nonprofit.