2014 Wild & Crazy Taco Night

21st Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night


With 25 chefs and 650 guests, Share Our Selves’ 21st Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night on Thursday, April 10th, at Share Our Selves, was a delicious success! Orange County’s finest chefs lent their amazing culinary talents to this community event, which netted approximately $55,000 to support the SOS Food Pantry – 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 beer donated by Rudy’s Pub & Grill, 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. Event supporter, Kirk Buttermore, 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 Food Pantry, which 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 The Dessert Lab, The Lab Cannoli, and Petite Classic Cheesecake topped with Mixed Berry Merlot Sauce
Franco Barone il Barone Ristorante, Piadine Romagnole, Italian Flat Bread with Spanish Octopus, Cannellini & Borlotti Beans, Baby Arugula
David Baumann Rudy’s Pub & Grill, Pulled Pork Dirty Street Taco, BBQ Ranch Chili Pulled Pork with Sweet Thai Coleslaw, Chili con Limon Salted Feta Cheese and Cilantro
Noah Blöm ARC & Shuck Oyster Bar, Duck Taco with Romesco, Crème Fraiche, Cabbage & Lime
Paul Buchanan Primal Alchemy, Lemongrass Sablefish Taco with Ginger Pak Choy Slaw, Organic Corn Tortilla, Flying Fish Roe Crema, Flying Fish Roe Crema, & Crispy Chapulin with Garlic
Lynne Campbell The Quiet Woman, Mesquite Grilled Swordfish with Cilantro Slaw and Chipotle Cream
Greg Daniels taco asylum, Peruvian Beef Heart with pickled red peppers, scallion, aji amarillo & shallots
Mark Gagnon Newport Beach Plaza, Lamb Shank on a Garlic Pita Crisp with Fennel Dill Slaw and Feta Cheese Sauce
Salvatore Gonzales Newport Rib Company, Smoked Pulled Pork Carnitas Taco served in a Corn Tortilla with Roasted Tomatillo & Sour Cream Cilantro Salsa
Manny Gonzalez TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Cali had a Lil Lamb Taco with Grilled Calamari, Lamb nduja-Avocado Crema, Mango Escabeche, Ink Tortilla, & Pop Salt
Alan Greeley The Golden Truffle, Smoked Stingray Taco
Andrew Gruel Slapfish, Lobster BLT Taco
Carlito Jocson Yard House, Albacore Tostada with Charred Jalapeno, Corn & Tomato Salsa
Louie Jocson Red Table, Crispy Salmon Skin Taco with Wasabi Aioli, Seaweed Salad, Soy Reduction, Hot Sauce, Flying Fish Caviar on Giant Radish
Rachel Klemek Blackmarket Bakery, Uber PB&J and Bacon
Steve Kling Five Crowns, Smoked Chile Braised Lamb Taco with Red Onion & Mint
David Man Island Hotel, Báhn Mí Taco with Crispy Pork Belly, Pickled Vietnamese Salad, Homemade Flatbread
Alessandro Pirozzi Alessá Laguna & Mare Culinary Lounge, Roster Goose, Fava Bean Purée, Calabria Chili, Gouda Fondue
Cory Rapp The Catch, Short Rib Barbacoa, Aji-Amarillo Pickled Onions, Citrus-Habanero Salsa, Cilantro, Tortilla de Nopal
Jose Rodriguez Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, Tapas Taco with Patatas Bravas with Spanish Chorizo, Sherry Infused Roasted Tomato, Machego Cheese, Mojo Verde, Marona Almond
Deborah Schneider Sol Cocina & solita tacos & margaritas, Chorizo & Rajas Tacos with Chorizo, Poblano Chile Rajas, Queso Fresco with Tomatillo Salsa, Onion & Cilantro
Paul Squicciarini Señor Fish, Charbroiled Mexican Baquetta Sea Bass Taco with Red Pipian Sauce on Fresh Tortillas, Taro Root Tostada with Aji Amarillo Infused Peruvian Causa, and The Ultimate Salsa Bar
Lou Tista Rasta Taco, Korean Braised Short Rib Taco topped with Asian Pear, Mango Slaw with Sriracha Aioli & Sesame Seeds, and Chipotle BBQ Pork Belly Taco with Horseradish Honey Slaw on a Flour Tortilla
Dustin White Orange Hill, Po Boy Taco with Andouille, Shrimp & Boudin Sausage, Shredded Cabbage, Spicy Creole Sauce
Marco Zapien Melissa’s Produce, Wild Mushroom Picadillo Tacos with Sautéed Mushrooms, tossed with Sweet Kapia Peppers, Onions, Cilantro, Tomatoes & Jalapeno, served in a Butter Lettuce “Tortilla” topped with Queso Ranchero

And a Big Thanks to our Sponsors

Mariachi Sponsor

Piñata Sponsor
Klatte Budensiek & Young-Agriesti, LLP

Cactus Sponsor
Bob & Anne Cress
The Frome Family Foundation

Sombrero Sponsor
David & Berit Alderfer
Robin & Linda Boyd
Christopher L. Blank
Dr. Richard & Mrs. Sandra Haskell
Link, Murrel & Company, LLP
Gregg Thomas

James D. Akins
Jim & Diane Bailey
Dorothy Gray
Ursula M. Hoshaw
Robert D. Hyson
Cindi Kipers
Karen Klein
STIR Foods
Michael & Marja Dawn Selna
John & Angela Stollsteimer

Event Sponsors
Andy Templeton Photography, BC Display & Signage, Burns & Associates, Ballard Electrical, Signature Party Rentals, Coast Mailing Service, Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Melissa’s Produce, Rastarita Mobile Margarita Beverage Truck, Rudy’s Pub & Grill, Sparkletts, Tres Sietes Tequila

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


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