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19th Annual Mama’s Day a Huge Success

Friday, May 7th, Berkman teamed up with local non-profit Mama’s Kitchen to host their annual culinary and social extravaganza, “Mama’s Day.” Mama’s Kitchen is the only non-profit organization in San Diego that delivers 3 meals a day, 7 days a week to San Diegans living with AIDS/HIV or cancer. Nearly 1,000 guests, chefs, volunteers and staff attended the19th annual fundraiser, held at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla Aventine, all with a unique opportunity to sample dishes from 71 of San Diego’s top restaurants. Among them was Martin Gonzalez, the Tuscan cuisine visionary behind San Diego’s hottest Italian restaurants Acqua Al 2 and Toast Enoteca & Cucina.

The elegant scene drew the “who’s who” of San Diego, all contributing to the success of the night. Local television personality and published author Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien was one of many notable attendees enjoying the exceptional selection of food & drink. Thanks to Sam, and the others in attendance, Mama’s Kitchen netted over $168,000 in proceeds that will continue to feed those in need…making it the most successful Mama’s Day on record.

We would like to extend our congratulations to Mama’s Kitchen for a fantastic event and to thank all of you who contributed to this great cause!

This week the BERKMAN office was buzzing with preparations for the exclusive VIP Grand Opening celebration of Toast Enoteca & Cucina, the second concept from local restaurateur and culinary visionary Martin Gonzalez. Thank you to all of our wonderful guests, including Adrian Gonzalez from the San Diego Padres and Steve Ward from VH1’s Tough Love, for attending the Grand Opening and for supporting Martin’s entrepreneurial spirit!

Located at 927 J Street, in the charming East village neighborhood of San Diego’s famous downtown, Toast Enoteca e Cucina features more than 400 exceptional wines for tasting or purchase, many of which are traditionally difficult to come by in San Diego. Guests can indulge in a variety of these exquisite wines in small servings from state-of-the-art wine dispensing Enomatic machines (pictured below). This innovative system creates an interactive tasting experience that is ideal for an evening out with friends and family in the charming East Village neighborhood.

The wine isn’t the only thing that keeps taste buds tingling! Toast Enoteca & Cucina also features a mouth-watering menu with Italian-inspired dishes. Toast Enoteca & Cucina is NOW OPEN to the public. Grab your friends and kick off the weekend with world-class wine tasting and delicious food at Toast Enoteca e Cucina!

Check out more photos from the Grand Opening of Toast Enoteca & Cucina on DiscoverSD.com and 944.com!