2012 Wild & Crazy Taco Night

19th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night


With 26 chefs and 700 guests, Share Our Selves’ 19th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night on Thursday, April 19th, at Share Our Selves, was a record-breaking success! Orange County’s finest chefs lent their amazing culinary talents to this community event which netted over $66,000 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 received early entrance into the event, and the opportunity to sample every chef’s taco, Tres Sietes Tequila margaritas, and TAPS beer, before the rush.

The general event was as wild & crazy as ever! Guests mingled between the chef stations and bars – enjoying all of the unique tacos, lively chefs and music. Longtime SOS volunteer, Chris Siegfried was the lucky of winner of the opportunity drawing prize – Dine Around OC – a collection of gift cards generously donated by participating Wild & Crazy Taco Night chefs and restaurants!

All of the proceeds from the event benefit the SOS Orange Aid Project. The Orange Aid Project collects retrievable food from restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, and caterers to distribute to low income Orange County residents. Six mornings a week, volunteer and staff drivers collect food from throughout the county and deliver it to SOS. Other volunteers package and bag the food for distribution to families. Five days a week, SOS gives out an average of 275 bags of groceries a day.

Franco Baroneil Barone Ristorante
Nelson BarrillasThe Catch
Paul BuchananPrimal Alchemy Catering
Mark Cleveland & Tanya FuquaAvanti Café
Greg Danielstaco asylum
Yves FournierAndrei’s
Mark GagnonNewport Beach Plaza
Manny GonzalesTAPS Fish House and Brewery
Salvatore GonzalesNewport Rib Company
Alan GreeleyThe Golden Truffle
Scott GreenSalt Creek Grille
Carlito JocsonYard House
Louie JocsonRed Table Restaurant
Rachel KlemekBlackmarket Bakery
Brian ChristmanOrange Hill Restaurant
Richard MeadSage and Canyon
Michael OwensThe Island Hotel
Alessandro PirozziCucina Alessá
Chris ReischlAtrium Hotel – Waterfalls Restaurant
Ted RodriguezFlavor Rush Food Truck
Chris SavageHyatt Regency Huntington Beach
Deborah SchneiderSol Cocina
Lou TistaRasta Taco
Ryan WilsonFive Crowns
Marco ZapienMelissa’s Produce
Vijay AnandViJay’s Cheescakes


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

Premiere Sponsor – Taco Bell Corporation; Cactus – Bob and Anne Cress, Frome Family Foundation, Nancy and Geoffrey Stack Family Foundation, William and Nancy Thompson; Sombrero – BISNAR CHASE, Christopher L. Blank, E.W. Klatte, M.D., Jay and Hennie Lichman, Jane and Richard Taylor

Barbara and Bob Boies, Cindy and Todd Kipers, Frank and ale Robitaille, Jane and Richard Taylor, Kimberley Yourman, My–D Pins & Collectibles; Michael and Diane Stephens

Andy Templeton Photography, BC Display & Signage, Burns & Associates, Ballard Electrical, Classic Party Rentals, Coast Mailing Service, Hi Times Wine Cellars, Melissa’s Produce, Sparkletts, TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Tres Sietes Tequila

Minnie Ballard, Maryann Beckman, Gaye Besler, Sheri Blackwood, Shannon Burns, Bill Cowles, Elizabeth Evans, Carolyn Gregg, Kelly Harvey, Helen Kinsey, Julie Larson, Karen Mcglinn, Mary Moyer, Patty Nesbit, Debbie Springer, Cindy Tuch


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