17th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night
With 22 chefs and more than 650 guests, Share Our Selves’ 17th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night was a great success! Orange County’s finest chefs lent their amazing culinary talents to this community event which raised $33,004 to support the SOS Orange Aid Project – helping feed OC residents at risk of going hungry.
The VIP pre-event was a festive affair – Participating guests got early entrance into the event, and the opportunity to sample eight chef’s tacos before the rush. Guests enjoyed Patrón margaritas, La Tradición Liqueur De Horchata beverages, Island 808 flavored vodkas, and wine generously donated by OC Custom Wine.
The general event was as wild & crazy as ever! The spacious new venue for the event, Halecrest Swim & Tennis Club, was the perfect space for guests to mingle between the 22 chef stations – enjoying all of the unique tacos, lively chefs and mariachi band. All Share Our Selves’ programs have been severely impacted by the economic crisis, with requests for services up 10%-40% in all programs. Moving Wild & Crazy Taco Night to an offsite location, allowed SOS to remain open to serve clients.
A huge thank you to our generous chefs, Orange Aid sponsors, event sponsors, underwriters, Wild & Crazy Taco Night Committee & volunteers for making this event a huge success:
PARTICIPATING CHEFS & MENU
Bert Agor (Ruth’s Chris Steak House) & Louie Jocson (F&S Concepts) – Prime NY Strip Tataki Taco on Shizu Leaf
Bill Bracken & David Man (Island Hotel) – Peking Duck Taco with Hoisin and Scallion; “S’mores Taco”: Graham Cracker Tuile filled with Marshmallow Cream, Valhrona Chocolate Ganache and Roasted Marshmallows
Dennis Brask (Five Crowns) – Salmon Pastrami Taco with Emmentaler, Spiced Cabbage and Whole Grain Mustard Aioli on Pumpernickel Tortilla
Paul Buchanan (Primal Alchemy) – Banh mi Taco – Roasted Pork, Nuoc Cham, Pickled Cilantro Slaw, Spicy Japanese Mayo
Victor Cabral (Orange Hill) – Lobster Tacos
Ivan Calderon (Taco Mesa/Taco Rosa) – Huachinango a la Talla – Charbroiled Red Snapper in Adobo on a Hand Pressed Chile Ancho Corn Tortilla Dressed with Chipotle Sauce & Blood Orange Relish; Chamorro de Puerco – Oven-Braised Pork Shank in Salsa Maya with Chayote, Carrots, Onion and Sherry on a hand pressed Chile Ancho Corn Tortilla Topped with a Charbroiled & Marinated Chile Güero
Mark Cleveland & Tanya Fuqua (Avanti Café) – Taro, Yucca & Havarti Stuffed Tacos w/ Marinated Napa Cabbage Pickle & Rutabaga, Green Papaya and Baby Beet Slaw and Edible Petals
Yves Fournier (Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine) – Spiced Rubbed Slowly Roasted Pork Shoulder Tacos with Oregon Blue Cheese, Red Onion Preserves, Scarborough Farm Baby Wild Arugula. Served with Papaya & Tomatillo Relish, and Kendall Crème Fraiche
Manuel Gonzales (Taps Fish House & Brewery) – The "Tacone" – Chipotle Cured Salmon Tartar Scooped in a Crispy Tortilla Cone; The Traditional – Carnitas Taco Served With Fresh Nopales Salad, Panela cheese & Topped with Crispy Chicharron
Alan Greeley (The Golden Truffle) – Suckling Pig & Confit Buffalo Pigs Ear Tacos
Scott Green (Salt Creek Grille) – Crab and Cucumber Wonton Taco with a Mojo Vinaigrette; Cochinita Pibil (Pulled Pork) Taco with a Jicama-Sweet Corn Salsa
Chris Hutten (The Catch Restaurant) – Tatanka Lime Tacos; Bubo’s Costa Rican Civiche
Carlito Jocson (Yard House) – Roasted Pulled Lamb Neck Tacos with Spicy Cabbage Slaw, Toasted Chile D’arbol Hot Sauce, Fried Garlic, and Crema Fresca
Rachel Klemek (Blackmarket Bakery/Marché Noir Foods) – Cabernet Soft Tacos with Sweet Goat Cheese Cheesecake and Drunken Blackberry “Salsa”
Jason Kordas (Jason’s Downtown Catering) – Lobster & Thai Basa Fish in Coconut Curry Sauce w/ Maui Onion Potato Chip & Mango Salsa
Chad Krahling (Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa) – Lobster Tacos with Citrus Mango Pico, Ancho Chili Mayo, Limes and Green Onions
Alessandro Pirozzi (Cucina Alessá) – (M.M.M) – Mamma Mini Meatball in San Marzano Ragu with Burrata Fondue
Deborah Schneider (Sol Cocina) – Grilled Filet and Agave Shrimp with Roasted Green Chili Salsa, Oaxacan Cheese and Avocado
Don Schoenburg & Christi Carter (The Lido Deck Restaurant & Wine Bar) – Wild Boar Carnitas with Red Mole
Vartan Vbgaryan (A Restaurant) – Fish and Chips’ – Halibut, Fries, Malted tartar sauce, Pico de Gallo; ‘Thai Spiced Steak’ Taco with Grilled Steak, Butter Leaf Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Mint, Toasted Rice Powder and Thai Spices
Marco Zapien (Melissa’s Produce) – Grilled Portobello Mushroom Tacos – Corn Tortilla Filled with Grilled Portobello Mushrooms Topped with a Red Cabbage Slaw, Queso Fresco and Roasted Tomato Salsa; Fresh Mango and Wild Berry Taquitos – Cream Cheese and Fruit Filled Tortillas Dusted with Cinnamon Sugar and Drizzled with a Citrus Cream
Pacific Whey Café – Signature Ice Cream Sandwiches; Fresh Baked Cookies
ORANGE AID SPONSORS
Premiere Sponsor – Taco Bell Corporation; Master Chef – Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian; Executive Chef – Rutan & Tucker, LLP; Head Chef – Frome Family Foundation, George Hoag Family Foundation; Michael Stephens, Board Member, Kavanaugh Family Fund; Sommelier – Nancy and Geoffrey Stack; Le Pattisier – Azonic Insurance Agency, Inc., Christopher L. Blank, Anne Hirschman, Hennie and Jay Lichman, Link, Murrel & Company, Newport Beach Plaza Retirement Community; Underwriter – Anonymous, Newport Emergency Medical Group, Inc.
Andy Templeton Photography, Avila’s El Ranchito, BC Displays & Signage, Burns & Associates, Classic Party Rentals, Coast Mailing Service, Costa Mesa Sanitary District, Costco, David Ballard Electrical, Hi Times Wine Cellars, Hilton San Francisco, Island 808, Jim Beam Co., La Tradición, MillerCoors, OC Custom Wine, Penjoyan Produce, Primrose Ice Company, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Sol Cocina, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., The Coffee Company, The Parton Spirits Co., Visser’s Florist
Eric Alcouloumre, M.D., Minnie Ballard, Maryann Beckman, Sheri Blackwood, Kathleen Bruski, Shannon Burns, Ashley Carlton, Bill Cowles, Elaine Echenique, Jeff Eile, Elizabeth Evans, Keri Follmer, Karen Harrington, Julie Larson, Karen McGlinn, Scott McKown, Mary Moyer, Ryan Murillo, Patty Nesbit, Adi Ruiz, Tay Simmons, Louise Stewardson