Giving Thanks

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Today, on this “Tacosgiving Eve,” I give thanks for all of you who have made this little taco thing into what it is today. A few years back it all started as a “one off” taco night at the Cumming Tap with with Vegan Chorizo, Braised Pork, curtido, red and green salsa, pickled jalapeños, and hand pressed corn tortillas, and just enough people showed up to try it out that we decided to do it again. And again. We have gone from very humble beginnings to the Downtown Farmers Market, Des Moines, then to the Historic East Village as a brick and mortar restaurant. We moved from Des Moines St to our current location on East 5th, then made it on to Food Network’s “Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives” for some pretty regular rotation, in addition to some other high profile awards and publications. None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for all of you who have shown up and supported through the years, everyone who took a turn at slinging tacos, and especially all of you who have believed in and stuck by me throughout the ups and downs over the years. It’s been a tough journey, but Tacopocalypse is proof that you can go far with almost nothing, it just takes an idea, timing, dedication, skill, great friends, and a little luck. 

Thank you, everyone. Have a safe holiday, and remind those around you that they are important.

Sam & the Masa Amigos

Have You Seen Our New Catering Menu???

Taco Lovers!!!!  You are hearing it here first, Tacopocalypse has an updated catering menu! We also have a new catering/events director, Nicole, and a new catering and events EMAIL ADDRESS (goodwordrg@gmail.com).  Big changes going on here in TasteBurg. (sorry, I don’t know why I keep trying to make TasteBurg work, it’s totally not fetch.)

Froth Of July Weekend Menu Posting Apparatus!

If you are a cat and too busy commuting to cook, we have taco solutions for you.

So, if you have an event that needs catering, shoot us an email! If you have some folks in your office that would like to have some bag lunch burritos, shoot us an email! If you want to wow your team with a Taco Buffet and Nacho Bar, shoot us an email! If you need some of the best food you will ever have at your holiday work party, shoot us an email! I think you are getting the point.

Tacopocalypse Catering & Events – goodwordrg@gmail.com

Devastatingly Good Catering

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Thanksgiving Giving/Donations With Tacopocalypse/Krunkwich and DMYPC

*UPDATE: we are at max plus on all meats, we have updated the list below to reflect the current needs. We will still accept any donations, though.

Tacopocalypse, along with the YPC and Krunkwich Ramen House, is once again providing Thanksgiving meals for the 300+ clients at CISS, Central Iowa Shelter and Services, and you can help make it another big year of giving for the holiday.  How can you help?  We are taking donations from today until November 24th, 2015 of food and cash/checks to help feed the shelter.  This year we will be donating all goods and money left from the meal preparation directly to the CISS meals program, where they provide over 600 meals every day for those in need.

Our volunteer crew is just about full, you can direct any volunteer requests to tacopocalypseevents@gmail.com.  We have a few spots open for various jobs throughout the week, not just Thanksgiving day, but as stated most of them are spoke for from past volunteers.  If you are a past volunteer, please get in touch.

Donations can be dropped off at Tacopocalypse (407 East 5th St, Des Moines 50309) or Krunkwich Ramen House (621 Des Moines St, Des Moines 50309).  Monetary donations can be dropped off at either location or sent to Tacopocalypse at the previously mentioned address.  What do we need for donations?  I’m glad you asked.

Donations Needed

Fresh Produce/Dairy

(be mindful of expiration dates and the event date)

-bread for stuffing

-Celery

-Carrots

-Cranberries, Fresh

-Cream Cheese (3 or 5 lb blocks)

-Milk, Whole

Pantry Goods

Preferably in restaurant sized cans/bags (less packaging waste)

-Yams

-Fried Onion Pieces

-Creamed Corn

-Pickled Jalapenos

-Stuffing Mix

-Dried Gravy Mix

-Flour, All Purpose

We will be accepting all donations, regardless of whether they are on the list or not.  All excess/unused donations will be donated directly to CISS to continue their daily meal program.  Take some time out to help those in need this year, you can really make a difference in someone else’s day.  Thank you for all of your help!

Taco Pastorius

OUR ONLINE STORE IS LIVE!

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN WANTING TO PURCHASE THE SHIRT FEATURED ON OUR EPISODE OF FOOD NETWORK’S DINERS, DRIVE INS, AND DIVES, OUR ONLINE STORE IS NOW UP AND RUNNING!  GET OUR MERCHANDISE SHIPPED DIRECTLY TO YOU, AND CHECK BACK OFTEN.  WE WILL BE RUNNING SMALL BATCH SHIRT SPECIALS AND ADDING OTHER ITEMS SUCH AS CHORIZO SPICE PACKETS AND SLAP KOOZIES SOON!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE STORE

TACO CAPSTORIUS

DDD Aftermath/Online Merch Store Launching Next Week!

Taco Likers,

First off, thank you for all of the amazing feedback from our appearance on Food Network’s Diners, Drive In’s, and Dives last night!  It’s been an overwhelming day of trying to return emails, answer questions, and keep up with the business at the restaurant!  Thank you, the Tacopocalypse team looks forward to seeing all of you at the restaurant, and at our soon to open Ramen spot, Krunkwich.  And at our next scheduled spot, a pizza shop that will make you rethink your thoughts about thinking about pizza. Whatever that means.

Next up:

We have worked with local printers extraordinaire, 8/7 Central to bring you an online shop from which you can seamlessly order and get shipped our t-shirts, koozies, stickers, cycling jerseys, and other random fun merch that will pop up from time to time.  This site will be tentatively launching 1/22/2015, and will be the second best way to get our wares (first bestest-est with always be stopping in to the restaurant).

-Taco Pastorius

Tacopocalypse Premiers On Food Network Tonight!

Tonight watch our chef Sam with Food Network Wild Man Guy Fieri together in the Tacopocalypse kitchen on Guy’s show Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives.  Our episode features the best selling, vegan Seitan Andouille Burrito and our One Of A Kind House Specialty Bulgogi Masa Fries.  The episode airs at 9pm CST on Food Network, and we promise it will be a hoot!  Yeah, a hoot. We said that.

It’s Time To Vote Tacopocalypse!

It’s time again to vote Tacopocalypse for all the things in the 2015 Cityview Best Of Des Moines.  Last year we walked with Best New Restaurant, Best Burrito, and runner up Best $5 Lunch.  This year there are some new categories, and you should consider voting for the taco spot that defies categories for some of those…uh, categories…

CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW.

REMEMBER. YOU CAN VOTE ONCE A DAY. AND WE ARE COOL WITH WINNING BEST DENTIST. JUST SAYIN.

-Taco Pastorius

Little Big Fest at Tacopocalypse

Friends and Taco Lovers,

The folks at Little Big Fest have a way you can get a free ticket to tonight’s show at the Historical Building. Spend $20 at any of the Pop-Up Show locations, then take your receipt to the Historical Building and you’ll get in free. Boom.

Be sure to stop by this Saturday, November 21st, from 3:30-3:45. We will have Courtney Krause performing a pop-up show.

Peace, Love and Tacos

Sam

Thanksgiving Donations List!

Taco Lovers,

*UPDATE* Donations can be dropped off from now until Tuesday, November 25th at the Tacopocalypse location, 407 East 5th Street, Des Moines, IA. We are also taking online monetary donations through Dwolla. Thank you!

As we announced a few days ago, we will be serving Thanksgiving meals for the 300+ clients and staff of CISS again this year. We were afforded the last minute opportunity last year to provide dinner at the shelter when another local restaurant decided they did not want to participate. The response from both the public and the clients was so overwhelmingly great that we decided on the spot to make this our yearly tradition, and thanks to clients’ requests, we will providing lunch in addition to dinner this year.

Donations of food items and money are being taken to offset costs of preparation/serving/transportation, etc, and we use the food items provided to make food on par with our regular Tacopocalypse fare. All proceeds and leftover food donations will be donated to the Food Bank Of Iowa and CISS.

With all that being said, here is our list of suggested food donations. You are not limited to the items on this list, we will find a home for anything donated. If you know us, you know we like our wild card ingredients! Thank you in advance for any help you can provide, it means a lot to us and to those who are in need of a little good eats and company this holiday season!

Thanksgiving Food Donation List

Fresh/Frozen Meats
Whole Ham
Whole Turkey
Turkey Breast
Pork Shoulder

Canned/Non-perishable Goods
Cranberries, Canned
Cranberries, Fresh
Canned Green Beans
Canned Corn
Canned Whole Tomatoes
Cream Of Mushroom Soup
Dry Stuffing Mix
Fried Onions (for green bean casserole)
All-purpose flour
Granulated sugar
Light-brown sugar
Baking soda
Olive oil
Red-wine vinegar
Salt (coarse and table)
Ground pepper
Mini Marshmallows
Dried Pasta (Penne, Elbow)

Breads/Produce/Dairy
Butter, Unsalted
Rolls, hamburger
Rolls, Dinner
French bread loaves
Yellow Onions
Celery
Carrots
Fresh Brussels Sprouts
Bell Peppers
Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Large eggs
Whole Milk
Heavy Cream
Shredded Cheddar Cheese

-Taco Pastorius

Tacopocalypse/YPC CISS Thanksgiving Donations Time!

Press Release: Tacopocalypse/YPC/CISS Thanksgiving Donations Time!

November 6, 2014, East Village, Des Moines, IA

Tacopocalypse is happy to announce that once again we are partnering up with the Greater Des Moines Young Professionals Connection on November 27th 2014 to provide Thanksgiving Day meals for the 300+ clients of Central Iowa Shelter and Services (1420 Mulberry Street, Des Moines, IA 50309).

Tacopocalypse will be using their culinary skills to prepare both lunch and dinner meals at the shelter. We are looking for both volunteers and food or monetary donations to assist with both meals. Last year’s response from the charitable taco loving public was so overwhelmingly amazing that we were able to prepare and serve dinner for over 300 people and donate close to 1000 pounds of food to the Food Bank Of Iowa, to assist other Iowa families in need.

How can you help? Here are a few ways:

VOLUNTEER:

You can register to volunteer as a server/helper at volunteerspot.com . Volunteer spots are limited, so act as soon as you can. A few volunteers will also be needed to help with loading/unloading both at the restaurant and shelter.

DONATE:

Food donations can be dropped off at our East Village location (407 E 5th St, Des Moines, IA 50309). We can also pick up any large donations (250 lbs or more) if necessary, to coordinate please call 515-779-8403 or email Tacopocalypsedm@gmail.com.

Monetary donations can be dropped off in cash or check (checks made out to Tacopocalypse) form at our East Village location, or mailed to:

Thanksgiving Donations
C/O Tacopocalypse
407 East 5th St
Des Moines, IA 50309

You can also donate through Dwolla by searching Tacopocalypse. Make sure to put “Thanksgiving Donation” in the notes.

Volunteers sign ups and donations are open from now until Tuesday, November 25th 2014. Thank you in advance to all who give to ensure that others in need have the best holiday that they can. Have a great Thanksgiving!