In Praise of the Tortilla: A Los Angeles Times Food Bowl Dinner

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Dinner with Chefs Carlos Salgado and Gabriela Cámara - In helping to launch the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl, a thirty-one day celebration of food in and around Los Angeles in May, Taco María will host "In Praise of the Tortilla" on May 3. Our chef Carlos Salgado will collaborate with celebrated chef Gabriela Cámara of Cala in San Francisco and Contramar in Mexico City on a four-course dinner celebrating maíz and tortillas, the very foundation of Mexican cuisine. 

Chef Cámara opened Contramar two decades ago while studying art history in college in Mexico City. Now Contramar is an institution for fresh seafood, and Cala is renowned for its use of sustainable California ingredients.

Tickets are $120 per person and include the four-course dinner, as well as beverages, service charge, and tax.


We are continuing our guest chef dinners with Chef Carlos’s fellow Food & Wine Best New Chefs. Next, we will host Chef Zoi Antonitsas on October 13. Zoi was also named a Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine in 2015 and the year before, Westward in Seattle, Washington, was named one of Bon Appetit’s Hot 10 New Restaurants while she was the executive chef. Zoi is now the chef and co-owner of Jarr & Co., a sustainable seafood restaurant—and Seattle’s first modern-day craft cannery—coming to the historic Pike Place Market in 2017. 

Known for bright flavors inspired in part by her Greek heritage, Zoi will collaborate with Carlos for a family-style, intimate dinner at Taco María unlike any we’ve had before.  

Tickets for dinner with Chef Zoi Antonitsas are $120, which includes a curated selection of beverages, as well as gratuity, service fee, and tax. Tickets are available online now.

Please note: for this special dinner, Taco María will not be able to make modifications or substitutions to the menus.  





For the next dinner featuring Carlos Salgado's fellow 2015 Food & Wine Best New Chefs, Taco María welcomes Jim Christiansen to Orange County on March 29. Jim is the chef of Heyday in Minneapolis.

From his Midwestern roots in Minnesota, Jim Christiansen’s passion for food started in his own parent’s kitchen. There he learned the valuable lessons of seasonality, nutrition, and love which one must put forth in their own cooking. Jim made his way through many of Minneapolis's finest restaurants before venturing to Copenhagen to perform a short stage at Noma and then traveling throughout Scandinavia. There he was able to fully understand the benefits of foraging for the freshest and highest quality local produce.  

Jim and his team have established Heyday as a multiple award-winning restaurant in its first two years of operations. In addition to being a Best New Chef, Jim was named a James Beard nominee for Best Chef Midwest in 2015 and 2016. 

There will be two seatings, at 6 PM and 9 PM, for this special prix-fixe dinner on March 29. Seats are $80 for the dining room and patio. Seats are $100 for the kitchen counter (available to the first six guests who reserve at each seating). A beverage pairing will be offered for $40.


For the first guest chef dinner of the new year, Taco María welcomes Tim Maslow back to Orange County on February 9. Tim first cooked in Taco María’s kitchen as a part of Indie Chefs Week SoCal in 2014. Tim’s story may sound familiar to those guests who know how Carlos Salgado came to open Taco María. After growing up in his father’s restaurant in Watertown, Massachusetts, Tim went on to cook in some of New York’s finest restaurants, including as the chef de cuisine of Momofuku Ssam Bar. He then returned to the Boston area to go into the family business, working with his dad at his diner Strip-T’s, and opening a second-generation restaurant in Brookline called Ribelle.

Food & Wine calls Ribelle “an ambitious mash-up of Italian, American, and Asian influences.” Tim Maslow and Carlos Salgado were both Food & Wine Best New Chefs in 2015, and Tim’s dinner at Taco María marks the first in a series this spring highlighting the Best New Chefs.

There will be two seatings, at 6 PM and 9 PM, for this special five-course, prix-fixe dinner on February 9. Seats are $80 for the dining room and patio. Seats are $100 for the kitchen counter (available to the first six guests who reserve at each seating). A beverage pairing will be offered for $40.




On December 31, ring in the New Year with friends or family at Taco María. The special menu for the evening will feature seven courses and optional wine pairings. Two seatings, at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., ensure that you can fit an elegant dinner into the rest of your plans for the night. 

SEVEN COURSES $160 ($190 for seats at the kitchen counter, available to the first six guests who reserve at each seating)


Reservations will become available at 9 AM on Monday, December 14. Check back here then!

Indie Chefs Week SoCal

October 16, 17, and 18, 2014, Taco María had the honor of hosting Indie Chefs Week SoCal. Indie Chefs Week began two years ago in Austin, Texas, as a face-to-face meeting of the country's best young, aspiring chefs, and for the first time this October, founders Chef Ned Elliot and Crystal Esquivel of Foreign & Domestic took the show on the road, all the way to Taco María. 

Stay tuned for more collaborative dinners and special events at Taco María!