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Sycuan returns for tenth year, joins new bakers such as Stone Brewing and Sea & Smoke; Sales begin October 6, 2014

September 15, 2014 (San Diego)--Sycuan Casino, Urban Solace, and the San Diego Culinary Institute in La Mesa are among the local restaurants, hotels and catering companies that have pledged their talent to create and donate delicious pies for the upcoming Mama’s Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale.

The fundraiser in its tenth year, benefits Mama’s Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that provides nutritional support at no cost to San Diego men, women and children affected by AIDS or cancer who are vulnerable to hunger. Sales begin October 6 and continue through November 23, 2014.

Pie flavors are pumpkin, traditional apple pie, Dutch apple and pecan and are available for just $25 each. Pies can be purchased online via or by calling (619) 233-6262.

All proceeds from pie sales go directly into funding thousands of free, hot and nutritious Mama’s Kitchen meals, which help ensure that no one living with AIDS or cancer will go hungry in the San Diego community.

Many of San Diego’s top pastry chefs, caterers, and bakeries donate traditional Thanksgiving pies for this annual Mama’s Pie in the Sky Bake Sale. Volunteers will deliver the pies to more than 20 sites throughout San Diego County for pickup Wed., November 26.

So far, 13 bakers from throughout San Diego County have come forward to donate pies to the effort. These include:

Authentic Flavors Fine Catering and Events (Miramar)

Behind the Scenes Catering & Events (Miramar)

Brothers Signature Catering and Events (Downtown)

Just Call Us Catering (Clairemont)

San Diego Culinary Institute (La Mesa) *

Sea and Smoke (Del Mar)

Solace and the Moonlight Lounge (Encinitas)

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (Escondido)

Sweet Cheeks Baking Company (Mission Valley)

Sycuan Casino (East County San Diego)

The Manchester Grand Hyatt (Downtown)

Twiggs Bakery & Coffeehouse (University Heights/Normal Heights)

Urban Solace (North Park)

* = new participant in 2014

Mama’s Pie in the Sky bake sale has become a tradition in San Diego, and one that many San Diegans look forward to as they give thanks over the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Alberto Cortés, executive director, Mama’s Kitchen.

“The price of just one $25 pie enables us to provide eight nutritious, home delivered meals to our neighbors affected by AIDS or cancer.” In 2013, the Mama’s Pie in the Sky Bake Sale was the biggest and most successful to date, selling 4,200 pies and raising over $111,000 during the six-week sales period.

In 2014, Mama’s Kitchen hopes to sell more than 5,100 pies during the six-week sales period, and raise $129,000 to fund more than 41,000 meals. Additional pie bakers are needed to help with the effort. Individuals and teams are encouraged to volunteer to sell pies for a chance to win prizes from generous sponsors. Pie Sellers are also encouraged to use their social media networks to promote their participation in Mama’s Pie in the Sky, as all sales funnel through their sales website.

For information on this year’s sales effort and to learn how to volunteer, visit or call Ben Coyle at 619-233-6262.

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 HIV/AIDS-positive individuals who are able to prepare meals the opportunity to supplement their nutritional needs. Mama’s Kitchen has served over seven million meals since it was founded and has never turned away a client who qualified for our services. Today, the community-driven organization has expanded its service to San Diegans affected by AIDS or cancer that are vulnerable to hunger. 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






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