2019 Wild & Crazy Taco Night

26th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night


As Share Our Selves (SOS) hosted their 26th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night on Thursday, April 4th, more than 700 people came to the SOS main campus in Costa Mesa to taste incredibly unique tacos invented by some of Orange County’s most recognizable names in food. Twenty-one award-winning chefs presented their inspired creations alongside craft beer from Barley Forge Brewing Co. and specialty margaritas provided by DesMaDre Tequila, Trevor’s at the Tracks, Sol Cocina and Sol Agave. With proceeds in excess of $75,000, all going towards the SOS Food Pantry, the night’s goal of helping feed those at risk of hunger in the community proved to be a wild success.

Following the same trend as in year’s past, there was an increase in attendees opting to participate in the VIP pre-event party which allowed dedicated foodies the chance to enjoy early access to all food and beverages while providing an opportunity to connect with the chefs directly. With all of the tacos designed exclusively for this event, many took advantage of allowing enough time to try these one and done creations and learn the inspirations behind each chef’s creation.

Every attendee had the opportunity to vote for the “People’s Choice Taco Award” presented by Yelp!, and the competition was stronger than ever. This year’s winner was Chef Alessandro Pirozzi of Pirozzi Corona Del Mar, Alessá Laguna Beach, and Salerno. Chef Pirozzi won over the crowd with his ‘Beauty and the Beast Taco’ which consisted of a red rose petal infused tortilla, homemade bison sausage, fresh grass, spicy house-made salsa verde, and julienne yellow and pink parsley.

All of the proceeds from the event benefit the SOS Food Pantry, which collects goods from restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, caterers, and donors to distribute food to low-income and homeless residents in Orange County. Volunteers package the food for distribution five days a week, with a daily average of 235 families and individuals receiving groceries who normally wrestle with food-insecurity.

A huge thank you to our generous chefs, sponsors, event sponsors, Wild & Crazy Taco Night Committee & volunteers for making this event a huge success:

Participating Chefs and Menu

Shachi Mehra
Roasted Mixed Mushroom and Chorizo Chili Fry with Cumin Queso and Pickled Vegetables
Barley Forge,
Phil Trotter and Kris Williams
Chochinita Pibil Taco, Mexican Slaw, Pickled Black Radish, Fried Plantain, Habanero Plantain Salsa
Blackmarket Bakery,
Rachel Klemek
Wild & Crazy Dessert Taco
Sergio Ortega
Taco de Codorniz y Chapulines: Quail Adobada, Grasshopper Salsa, Avocado, Pipicha, Pea Shoots, Garlic Flowers, Bicolor Corn Tortilla
Rich Mead
Cauliflower Jalapeño Tortilla, Pureed Cauliflower and Sweet Potato, Mushrooms and Crispy Potatoes, Grilled Treviso, Guajilla Sauce, Pickled Fresno Chiles
Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach,
David Man
Tortilla-less Taco, Crispy Fried Halloumi Cheese, House-made Chorizo, Avocado Crema & Pico de Gallo
Filomena’s Italian Kitchen & Market,
Linda Johnsen
Roasted Chicken Bruschetta Taco: Roasted Garlic Basil Aioli, Roasted Chicken, Tomato Bruschetta, Parmesan, Basil
Five Crowns and Side Door,
Alejandra Padilla
Lamb Carnitas Taco with Pickled Dates and Harissa Salsa
GoodFellas Taco Catering,
Scott Troupe
Fish Out of Water: Bacon Wrapped Salmon with Raspberry Chipotle Salsa, Garnished with Freshly Grated Asparagus and an Almond Slice, Finished with a Squeeze of Lime. Served on Flour Tortilla with a Bed of Melted Mozzarella Cheese
Harley Laguna Beach,
Greg Daniels
Stemple Creek Beef Larb, Fresh Herbs, Peanuts
Melissa’s Produce,
Marco Zapien
Dutch Yellow Potato and Pasilla Pepper Tacos Topped with Calabasitas and Queso Ranchero Served with a Roasted Tomato and Serrano Chile Salsa
Orange Hill,
Eric Mickle
Pastrami Taco with Beer Mustard
Pete’s Sunset Grille at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, Crunchy Salmon Poke Tacos: Pickled Jicama Slaw, Crispy Shallot & Avocado Creme
Pirozzi Corona del Mar, Alessá Laguna & Salerno,
Alessandro Pirozzi
Beauty and the Beast: Red Rose Petal Infused Tortilla, Homemade Bison Sausage, Fresh Grass Spicy House-Made Salsa Verde, and Julienne Yellow and Pink Parsley
Primal Alchemy Catering,
Paul Buchanan
Roasted Pineapple Barbacoa, Amarillo Crema, Salsa Negra Tortilla
Katy Smith
Filet Mignon Trompo with Salsa de Chapulines
Rasta Taco,
Alexa Walsh
Chicken Pastor – Grilled Jerk Chicken, Grilled Pineapple, Caramelized Onion, Bacon, Melted Cheese
Sessions West Coast Deli,
Max Schlutz
Porchetta, Butterbean Hummus, Pickled Fresno Chile, Fennel Frond, Preserved Lemon, Haute Sauce
SOL Cocina,
Josemaria “Chema” Velasquez
Octopus Taco: Octopus, Onion, Tomato, Garlic, Chorizo, Homemade Tortillas
solita tacos & margaritas,
Mauro Patino
Cadillac Taco: Cheese, Carne Asada, Chipotle Shrimp, Taquero Sauce, Pico de Gallo, Avocado and Cilantro
TOAST Kitchen & Bakery,
John Park
Roasted Cauliflower, Mole Negro Fig Agrodolce, Queso Fresco, Fig Leaf Tortilla


Premiere Sponsor
Pinata Sponsor

Cactus Sponsors
Anne & Bob Cress
Frome Family Foundation
Gregg Thomas
Thompson Family Foundation

Sombrero Sponsors
Christopher Blank
CCS Fundraising
Jay Donoghue
Dr. Richard & Mrs. Sandra Haskell
Pacific Hospitalist Associates
Kevin & Linda Pitts
Dr. Roberta Lessor & Dr. David Snow

Fiesta Sponsors
US Storage Centers  

Jim & Diane Bailey
Christopher Blank
Saundra Campbell
Monarch HealthCare
The Paugh Family
John & Angela Stollsteimer

Food Bag Challenge
Saundra Campbell
Frome Family Foundation
Pam Hardenberg
Ernest Klatte, MD
John & Angela Stollsteimer
Gregg Thomas

Beverage Sponsors


Event Sponsors
Andy Templeton Photography
Ballard Electrical
Burns & Associates
Coast Mailing Service
Dr. Swami Bone Daddy Top Shelf Margarita Mix
Hi-Time Wine Cellars
Luciano Leon Photography
Melissa’s Produce
Signature Party Rentals
Gaye Besler, Kara Demostene, Maggie Hayes, Elizabeth Hopkins, Helen Kinsey, Marie Macaulay, Mary Moyer, Julie Neja, Karen McGlinn, Katie Santore, Debbie Springer, Cindy Tuch