2013 Wild & Crazy Taco Night

20th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night


With 23 chefs and 675 guests, Share Our Selves’ 20th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night on Thursday, April 11th, 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 approximately $70,600 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 from DJ Drew Pierce. Longtime event supporter, Verne Lusby, was the lucky of winner of the opportunity drawing prize – a Rastarita Margarita Party for 50, featuring the Rastarita Mobile Beverage Truck.

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 200 bags of groceries a day.

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

Arti Anand Vijay’s Cheesecakes
Chocolate Chipotle Cheesecake topped with chocolate ganache, & Classic Cheesecake topped with mixed berry merlot sauce

Nelson Barillas The Catch
Roasted Brisket Taco with Guajillo: Ancho-marinated shredded brisket tossed with a chipotle-spiced sauce served on corn tortilla with Queso Oaxaca & topped with spicy pickled vegetables

Franco Barone il Barone Ristorante
Fava beans with shrimp & spaghetti vegetable tacos

Paul Buchanan Primal Alchemy Catering
Lindner Ranch Bison Taco: Smoked onion marmalade, Gladys Farm greens, pasilla & lime avocado cream

Lynne Campbell The Quiet Woman
Mesquite grilled swordfish with cilantro slaw & chipotle cream

Greg Daniels taco asylum
BBQ beef tongue, spicy bacon, BBQ sauce, Grafton 2-year aged cheddar, watercress, ruffled potato chip

Octavio Flores Sol Cocina
Wild & Crazy Sonoran Hot Dog Taco: hot dog, bacon, lime sauce, onions, pickled jalapeños & cheese

Yves Fournier Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine and Cocktails
hipotle Braised Beef Short Rib Taco: Organic California mix mushrooms, Soledad Farm’s goat cheese, pickled Irvine Farms carrot, cipollini onion, roasted pineapple-habanero chile salsa

Mark Gagnon Newport Beach Plaza
Sake salmon on a wasabi wonton crisp with Daikon Dragon Salad

Manny Gonzalez Taps Fish House and Brewery
“Hare in my Veggie Taco”: Crispy rabbit confit topped with spring veggies on a carrot chipotle tortilla

Salvatore Gonzales Newport Rib Company
Slow Roast Tri-tip Tacos: Served with sour cream cilantro salsa & green hot salsa on a corn tortilla

Alan Greeley The Golden Truffle
Truffled Taco

Greg Harrison Five Crowns
Charred Octopus Taco with spicy sauerkraut, cilantro, chorizo

Carlito Jocson Yard House
Chayote squash, onion, tomato, serrano guisado with shrimp chorizo, chipotle habanero crema

Louie Jocson Red Table
Big Island Steak Tartare Taco: Soy-ginger vinaigrette, wasabi crème fraiche, chives, roasted macadamia nuts, tobikko caviar Chilled Shrimp & Crawfish Taco: Fire roasted corn & red pepper relish, andouille sausage

Rachel Klemek Blackmarket Bakery
Chocolate, Banana, Butterscotch Taco: With salt & pepper marshmallow garnishDavid Man Island Hotel
Lamb do Piazz on garlic naan bread with cucumber raita

Richard Mead Sage & Canyon
Braised pork, roast poblano peppers, caramelized onions, Oaxacan cheese, cabbage, red chile juice, pickled jalapenos on crispy corn tortilla

Alessadro Pirozzi Alessá & Mare Culinary Lounge
Polipo e Papaya Taco: Papaya fennel salad, octopus and sea urchin, lemon spicy vinaigrette

Chris Powell Orange Hill
Guajillo Orange-Braised Goat Taco: With shaved jicama, mandarin orange & creamy cilanto pesto

Jose Rodriguez Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
Pork Belly Verde Taco: Roasted corn & vegetable escabeche, cotija cheese

Lou Tista Rasta Taco
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Taco: Cilantro cream sauce, red cabbage & roasted mango and Scotch Bonnet salsa
Asian BBQ Pulled Pork Taco: With pickled fruit salad, crispy wontons, Sriracha aioli

Marco Zapien Melissa’s Produce
Dutch Yellow Potato, Cilantro & Queso Fresco Tacos Dorados: Topped with kale sprouts, leeks and carrots en escabeche

And a Big Thanks to our Sponsors

Habanero – Taco Bell Corporation; Piñata – Hoag Medical Foundation/Hoag Medical Group; Klatte, Budensiek & Young-Agriesti, LLP;
Cactus – Bob and Anne Cress; Frome Family Foundation; Thompson Family Foundation

Sombrero – Christopher L. Blank; Wm. Gary Crouch — Link Murrel & Chang LLP; Dr. Richard & Sandra Haskell

James D. Akins, Jr.; Matthew & Kenya Beckmann; The Drake Family; Michael & Robyn Hawkins; Ursula M. Hoshaw; My-D Pins and Collectibles; Mr. & Mrs. John O’Donnell; Oranco Construction; Markie Cowley Rank & Pat Rank; Michael & Marja Dawn Selna; Richard & Jane Taylor; Bill Turpit & Rex Allen

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

Minnie Ballard, Gaye Besler, Sheri Blackwood, Shannon Burns, Elizabeth Evans, Lynn Gosselin, Helen Kinsey, Julie Larson, Karen McGlinn, Katie Santore, Debbie Springer, Cindy Tuch


Image Gallery