Carlos Salgado, chef and co-owner of Taco María, is pleased to announce the fall line-up in his guest chef series at the restaurant. Salgado began the guest chef series as a way to welcome creativity and collaboration into his kitchen for the ultimate benefit of Orange County diners. Visiting chefs range from respected neighbors in Orange County to celebrated guests from across the state, country, and world. On October 20, Wes Avila of Guerrilla Tacos in Los Angeles will share the kitchen at Taco María, and on November 17, Richie Nakano, most recently of Hapa Ramen in San Francisco, will be the guest.
Each receives an invitation to be inspired by Mexican cuisine and the bounty of Southern California during their visit to Taco María. The menus for the dinners take a prix-fixe, multi-course format, and reservations become available two weeks before each new dinner date. “Guest chef dinners promote the exchange of ideas among chefs and diners from cities around the United States and the world. I look forward to creating these opportunities at Taco María for our guests, our staff, and our talented friends who are chefs.” Taco María’s guest chef series kicked off in August 2015 with local favorite Eric Samaniego. A winter line-up of dinners will be announced later in the fall.
Tuesday, October 20: Wes Avila, visiting from Los Angeles
Reservations available starting October 6
Wes Avila is the chef/owner of Guerrilla Tacos, one of the most beloved taco trucks in Los Angeles. Avila applies his background in fine dining and his love of being a taquero to his menu, and one of his tacos has made Jonathan Gold’s list of best dishes of the year in the Los Angeles Times.
Tuesday, November 17: Richie Nakano, visiting from San Francisco
Reservations available starting November 3
Richie Nakano most recently was the chef/owner of Hapa Ramen, the first pop-up and then restaurant in San Francisco with a massive and adoring fan base. Nakano regularly writes about being a chef, including for Chowhound and FirstWeFeast.
Taco Maria is a modern Mexican restaurant in the heart of Orange County. The restaurant has been named one of Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants in the Los Angeles Times, as well as Best Restaurant in 2014 by both the OC Weekly and the Orange County Register.