Local Chefs Unite for OCAPICA’s 6th Tastemakers of OC Fundraiser
In conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA), the 6th Tastemakers of Orange County fundraising event will be held on Wednesday, September 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.
Nearly two dozen local chefs will celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islander community, culture, and heritage by giving guests the opportunity to indulge in one-of-a-kind Asian and Pacific Island-inspired dishes.
Proceeds from tickets sold for this event benefit OCAPICA's numerous programs and services in mental health and health, youth development, housing assistance, policy education, and anti-Asian racism throughout Orange County.
Participating chefs and restaurants include:
Bill Bracken | Bracken’s Kitchen
Ivan Calderon | Taco Mesa, Taco Rosa
Lisa Dang | Brodard
James Hamamori | Hamamori
Dean Kim | OC Baking Company
Eddie Lai | Seafood Cove
Ed Lee | Wahoo's Fish Tacos
Rich Mead | Farmhouse At Roger's Garden
Sandro Nardone | Bello
Adam Navidi | Oceans and Earth
Kristin Nguyen | Garlic and Chives
Leslie Nguyen | Miss Mini Donuts
Sonny Nguyen & Chad Urata | Artisan by 7 Leaves
Ross Pangilinan | Mix Mix
Henry Pineda | Modern Filipino Kitchen by Aysee
Shelly Register | A Market
Nok Sayavong | Nok’s Kitchen
Rainer Schwarz | Driftwood Kitchen, The Deck on Laguna, Hendrix
Tarit Tanjasiri | Crema Artisan
Allan Tea | Cali Dumpling
Winnie Yee-Lakhani | Smoke Queen BBQ
In addition to the food tastings, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy beverages by Gaviña Coffee, 7 Leaves Café, Brewery X, and Nova.
The celebration at Argyros Plaza will also include entertainment, a silent auction, and opportunity drawing for guests to enjoy. Tickets are available to the public for $195 for VIP, which allows early entry at 6 p.m.; and $150 for General Admission from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
More information and tickets can be found at ocapica.org/tmoc.
Photography Courtesy of Lisa Hu Chen