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7th Annual Tastemakers of Orange County

7th Annual Tastemakers of Orange County

The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) brings back its Tastemakers of Orange County fundraising event on Wednesday, September 13 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. More than 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 combating anti-Asian racism throughout Orange County.

Participating chefs and restaurants include:

Shelly Register | A Market
Shachi Mehra | ADYA
Sonny Nguyen + Chad Urata | Artisan 7 Leaves Café
Sandro Nardone | Bello
Duyen Ha | Bondle Wines
Bill Bracken | Bracken’s Kitchen
Brewery X
Lisa Dang | Brodard
Allan Tea | Cali Dumpling
Tarit Tanjasiri | Crema Cafe + Crema Artisan Bakers
Rainer Schwarz | Driftwood Kitchen + Hendrix
Rich Mead | Farmhouse at Rogers Garden
Ed Lee & Linda Nguyen | Fill Bakeshop
Kristen Nguyen | Garlic and Chives
Fernando Basadre | Gavina Coffee
James Hamamori | Hamamori
Hanuman Thai Eatery
Lotus of Siam
Leslie Nguyen | Miss Mini Donuts
Henry Pineda | Modern Filipino Kitchen by Aysee + Lola’s by MFK
Nok Sayavong | Nok’s Kitchen
Dean Kim | OC Baking Company
Adam Navidi | Oceans and Earth
Desmond Boey & Jason Kuo | Paradise Dynasty + Le Shrimp Noodle Bar
Eddie Lai | Seafood Cove
Leonard Chan | Stowaway Tiki Bar
Ivan Calderon | Taco Mesita
Ross Pangilinan | Terrace by Mix Mix + ReMix Kitchen Bar
Amar Santana | Vaca

In addition to the food tastings, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy beverages by Brewery X and Bondle Wines. 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 $250 for VIP, which allows early entry at 6 p.m.; and $195 for General Admission from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. More information and tickets can be found at

The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance, Inc. (OCAPICA – pronounced “oh-cap-ica”) was established in 1997 with the mission to build a healthier and stronger community by enhancing the well-being of Asians and Pacific Islanders through inclusive partnerships in the areas of service, education, advocacy, organizing, and research. Since our beginning in 1997, OCAPICA has remained dedicated to free and multilingual services in 20+ languages to ensure all community members have access to essential programs and support. OCAPICA has grown to serve 80,000 members on an annual basis of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses in our 26 years of service and partnership. For more information, please visit

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