Official Press Release, FexEx Grant Competition

Contact: Sam Auen


Phone 515-779-8403

621 Des Moines Street

Des Moines, IA 50309


Press Release

Tacopocalypse Chosen For FexEx Small Business Grant Contest

Local Restaurant Vies For Expansion Funding

Des Moines, IA, February 11, 2014:  East Village restaurant, Tacopocalypse, has been selected to participate in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, which will be awarding a total of $50,000 in grants to small businesses across the country.  The contest is being held to promote the growth of small operations, with the grand prize being a $25,000 grant.  Tacopocalypse’s plans for the grant money to go towards their new Taco Truck, which will travel to festivals, to communities which have expressed an interest in hosting a Tacopocalypse location, and to charity events such as Star 102.5’s Combat Hunger food drive. 

  • The contest is partially judged by votes received
  • People can vote once per day from now until February 23, 2014
  • Tacopocalypse is a popular new locally owned restaurant and mobile/catering business with locations in Des Moines’ Historic East Village and Fairfield, Iowa



We were accepted to the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, which is fueled partially by the public’s votes!  Please Click the link and vote for us as often as you can, You Vote, We Win, You Win.  Money will be going towards our new taco truck and some seating expansion at our East Village location.  VOTE! YES WE SURE AS HECK CAN!

Pre-Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner!!!

Pre-Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner!!!

Tacopocalypse Pre-Valentine’s Day Dinner


On February 13th, 2014, Tacopocalypse will be hosting a special pre-Valentine’s Day dinner at their East Village location (621 Des Moines Street).  A six  course menu will be offered,  with dishes again offering culture crossing technique, flavors, and presentation.  A separate Vegan/vegetarian coursed meal will also be offered .  No corkage fee will be charged for BYOB, and a complimentary champagne toast will be offered at the end of the meal.  Seating is limited to 20 couples and is priced at $65 per guest. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and are available at the Tacopocalypse store front or through  Doors open at 6:15, dinner begins promptly at 7.


Tacopocalypse Volunteer Organizing!

Tacopocalypse Volunteer Organizing!

After being overwhelmed by kindness, generosity, and holiday spirit…and questions on how people can get involved with our efforts to help our fellow human kind, we have taken the step to start our own organization page at  You don’t have to sign up for an account there, just go to our page and sign up via your email for any event we have listed that you would like to attend.  It’s just that simple.  Currently we have our 2014 Thanksgiving dinner listed as our first event, check back for more events to be listed.  Thank you for all of your caring donations which put so many smiles on so many faces this Thanksgiving!  We hope to see your giving spirit throughout the year!  


aka Taco Pastorius

New Year’s Eve Special Dinner Announcement!

Tacopocalypse New Years Eve Dinner


On December 31st, 2013, Tacopocalypse will be hosting a special menu New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe dinner at their East Village location (621 Des Moines Street).  A six course menu will be offered, with dishes spanning the breadth of cultures and cuisines which inspire their daily offerings, including  hints of Spain, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and North America.  Vegan/vegetarian course options will also be offered.  No corkage fee will be charged for BYOB, and a complimentary champagne toast will be offered at the end of the meal to ring in the beginning of your New Year’s Eve festivities.  This is a very limited availability, single seating reservation only dinner priced at $65 per guest.   Seating begins at 5:30, dinner begins promptly at 6.  Tickets available at the Tacopocalypse location or through




Holiday Donation Update!

Taco Likers. You are incredible.  The donations we have received have been almost overwhelming.  Your generosity has amazed us here at the Tacopocalypse campola. After using what we need to prepare dinner for CISS, we donated what was left to the Food Bank Of Iowa.  How much?  792 Pounds of food is how much.  Thanks to your donations, we were able to provide meals for 300+ clients at CISS and still be able to provide enough food for 1795 more meals for local families in need.  That’s over 2,000 meals. That is entirely thanks to YOU, YOU helped make so many peoples’ holiday better.  



Volunteer Information For Thanksgiving CISS Dinner!

In case I have missed anyone in our email blast, here is the information on where/when to be to help out with our Thanksgiving meal this coming Thursday and Central Iowa Shelter and Services:

Thanksgiving Dinner Volunteer Information


For Thanksgiving Dinner serving volunteers, please report to:


Central Iowa Shelter and Services

1420 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA 50309


around 5:30 PM, Thursday, November 28th.  Ask for a Volunteer Coordinator, they will assist you.   Plan on being at the event until 8:00 pm or a little later.


A deep thanks to you from CISS, Young Professional Connection, and Tacopocalypse for taking time out of your holiday to help those who are truly in need. 


Sam Auen

Chef/Owner Tacopocalypse


Holiday Hours At Tacopocalypse

Here are our Holiday hours for the Holiday Season. 


Thanksgiving day: Closed

“Black Friday”: Open 11 am to 10 pm


Christmas Eve: Serving lunch from 11 am to 3 pm, closed dinner

Christmas Day: Closed

NYE: Serving Lunch from 11-2, then a special Prix Fixe dinner starting at  6:00pm! (announcement coming soon)

New Years Day: Closed

Jan 5 & 6 Closed for Tacopocalypse employee holiday party. Yes, we need two days.  



Giving Thanks To Des Moines

Giving Thanks To Des Moines

I am pretty blown away by the generosity of our community. We have received an amazing outpouring of donations from the Des Moines area for Young Professionals Connection‘s Tacopocalypse Central Iowa Shelter & Services Thanksgiving Dinner. We can’t wait to turn all of these ingredients into an unforgettable holiday meal for those in need. Thank you to all who have donated food, money, and time to help us make this even better than we had hoped for. We are still taking donations at the restaurant, and those who want to volunteer contact us at Thank you thank you!

Here is a link to the KCCI news piece on what we have going on.