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The 4th annual “Tastemakers of Orange County”


The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) presents its 4th annual "Tastemakers of Orange County” on Thursday, September 12th in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. This culinary event celebrates the Asian and Pacific Islander community, culture, and heritage by giving guests the opportunity to taste and indulge in Asian and Pacific Island-inspired cuisines and beverages from distinguished chefs throughout Orange County.

Proceeds from tickets sold for this event benefit OCAPICA to support mental health, health, workforce, youth in education, and civic engagement opportunities for low income families throughout Orange County.

Participating chefs and restaurants include:

Takashi Abe & Ted Lee at Bluefin
Bill Bracken at Bracken’s Kitchen
Ivan Calderon at Taco Mesa + Taco Rosa
Leonard Chan at Shuck Oyster Bar
Lisa Dang at Brodards
Greg Daniels at Harley Laguna Beach
Ihab Elenna at Little Arabia
The Gavina Family Gaviña Coffee
James Hamamori at Hamamori
Brian Huskey at Tackle Box
Rumi Kawasawa and Bruce Choi at S'wich Bistro
Dean Kim at OC Baking Company
Ed Lee at Wahoos Fish Tacos
Shachi Mehra at Adya
Sandro Nardone at Bello
Dee Nguyen at Break of Dawn
Kristin Nguyen at Garlic and Chives
Sonny Nguyen at 7 Leaves Café
John Park at Toast Kitchen + Bakery
Henry Pineda at Modern Filipino Kitchen by Aysee
Shelly Register at A Market
Amar Santana at Broadway by Amar Santana + Vaca
Max Schlutz at Sessions West Coast Deli
Rainer Schwarz at Driftwood Kitchen + Hendrix
Tarit Tanjasiri at Crema Cafe + Crema Artisan Bakers
Allan Tea at Hello Kitty Café

In addition to the food tastings, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy beverages by Union Wine Co., Gaviña Coffee, 7 Leaves Café, Firestone Walker 805, and Lagunitas Brewing Company. 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 $135 for VIP, which allows early entry at 6 p.m., access to a VIP area and a VIP gift bag; and $95 for General Admission from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

More information and tickets can be found at

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