**Just added: Post-party reception at Revivals on August 19 from 6 to 9 p.m.**

SAN DIEGO – August 10, 2012 – Bourbon Street in University Heights hosts Mama’s Kitchen’s 17th Annual Wine Tasting Event, presented by Revivals, on Thursday, August 16, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Proceeds go directly to the daily operations of Mama’s Kitchen, the only non-profit in San Diego that prepares and delivers three meals a day, seven days a week, at no charge to men, women, and children affected by AIDS/HIV or cancer. Partygoers will experience eclectic wine tastings with pours throughout the evening, while enjoying a sumptuous selection of hors d’oeuvres. 

“Given the continued increased demand for our services, our annual Wine Tasting is an important event for Mama’s Kitchen,” says Alberto Cortés, executive director, Mama’s Kitchen. “The proceeds allow us to continue to provide life-sustaining nutrition to our neighbors battling AIDS or cancer. We are grateful to everyone who supports this wonderful event, helping us to provide responsive and meaningful services to our community.”

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 two popular “Wine & Spirits Deck” Drawings. Guests purchase a playing card for a 1-in-52 chance to take home either a premium wine vault or a wine and spirits vault. 

Revivals, located in Hillcrest, will be a presenting sponsor of this year’s wine tasting fundraiser. “Short of a cure, I believe we are winning the battle against HIV,” said David Brinkman, CEO, Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.). “It’s been recently proven that people who begin taking the correct medications soon after being infected with HIV are 96 percent less likely to spread the virus to others. 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.”

This year’s event marks the return of the Wine Bottle Ring Toss, a fun and competitive opportunity to win bottles of wine and prizes donated by generous companies and individuals. Attendees who bring five items to donate to the Mama’s Pantry service will receive three free rings to toss. The items to bring are among the most requested items by pantry clients and are donations of cereal, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, canned tuna or salmon.

Pre-sale tickets for the 17th Annual Wine Tasting event on August 16 are available for $60, and tickets sold at the door are $70. Bourbon Street is located at 4612 Park Blvd., San Diego, Calif., 92116. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.mamaskitchen.org or call (619) 233-6262. 

Revivals is the presenting sponsor of the 17th Annual Wine Tasting event to benefit Mama’s Kitchen. Major sponsors include Bourbon Street, Constellation Wines, Diseño, Primal Roots, Fifty-Seven Degrees, Gay & Lesbian Fund for San Diego of the San Diego Foundation, Drs. Jamey Jacquemoud & Timothy Reed of Sorrento Valley Chiropractic, The Metropolitan Group/Kevin Soloman Realtor®, and Guenzel-Phillips Family Foundation. Food and beverage providers include Small Bar, Jake’s on 6th, Decker Brothers Gourmet, Lei Lounge, Muzita Bistro, San Diego Desserts, and R-Gang Eatery. Additional event sponsors include Organic Elements, Co-Habitat, Promos ROK, TK&A Custom Catering, SDGLN.com, SDPix, San Diego Uptown News and GAY San Diego.

JUST ADDED: The party continues on Sunday, August 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Revivals for another chance to win great prizes, enjoy fabulous hors d’houvres and refreshments, and do a bit of shopping at the Post-Event Celebration. Admission is free. Guests are encouraged to bring a donation for Revivals’ Hillcrest location on August 19 or attend the 17th Annual Wine Tasting event on August 16 to receive a raffle ticket for a special gift drawing. Revivals is looking for clothing, appliances, household items and jewelry donations and they will accept them the night of the event. For more information about the Post-Event Celebration at Revivals on August 19, call 619-497-1000. Revivals is located at 1644 University Avenue in the San Diego neighborhood of Hillcrest.

About Mama’s Kitchen 

Mama’s Kitchen 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. Mama’s Kitchen has served over six million meals since it was founded and has never turned away a client who qualified for our services. Our commitment to our clients remains unchanged. 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 more than 570 men, women, and children in San Diego County. Learn more and make a donation at www.mamaskitchen.org

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