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)

Butter, Unsalted
Rolls, hamburger
Rolls, Dinner
French bread loaves
Yellow Onions
Fresh Brussels Sprouts
Bell Peppers
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:


You can register to volunteer as a server/helper at . 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.


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

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!

Fall Harvest Bounty Prix Fixe Dinner Menu

This 6 Course menu was designed to bring out the best of fall flavors using the freshest local produce available from great producers, such as Cleverley Farms. We look forward to seeing you tonight. It’s going to be a delicious time.

Sam & the Tacopocalypse Crew

First Course:

Fried Green Tomato with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, Preserved Lemon Ricotta and Arugula.

Second Course:

Charred Red Tropea Onion, Cornbread, Masa Crisp and French Onion “Dip”.

Third Course:

Pomme Dauphinoise, Carrot Emulsion, Pickled Carrot and Fennel Fronds.

Fourth Course:

Nicoise Salad, Haricot Vert, Shaved Fennel, Wild Mexican Tomato and Potato Crisp.

Fifth Course:

Wild Rice Blini, Gochuchang Marinated Sprouting Broccoli and Sriracha Hollandaise.


Cleverly Farms Heirloom Melon, Fennel Ice Cream and Short Break Cookie.

Fall Harvest Bounty Dinner Prix Fixe!

Good morning, Taco Lovers. In 8 short days (9/24/2014) we will be hosting a Fall Harvest Bounty Dinner here at 407 East 5th street in lovely Des Moines, Iowa. The dinner is $65 for 6+courses (there’s definitely a killer dessert and possible course from our soon to open sister restaurant, Krunkwich), and the menu will be focused entirely on the freshest local produce available from great producers such as Cleverley Farms. That’s right, it’s vegetarian, but don’t worry (as if there is a cause for alarm), we will be offering a meat option for the main course. Although we currently don’t have plans for physical tickets, the dinner is available on a limited pre-sale basis at, with no service charge to you, OR at the restaurant (407 East 5th Street, Des Moines).

We look forward to seeing you at the dinner. It’s going to be a great adventure.


Tonight! No Cumming Tap, Only East Village

Folks, the GWT (Great Western Trail) is closed this week at the Old Army Post Road underpass, so that the dirt berm can be laid over top the new tunnel which was recently built. Although they have advertised that there is “no alternate route,” there are a few, but we are going to take this night off to do some work on our upcoming new menu and KRUNKWICH RAMEN HOUSE things and stuff. You can still get tacos in the glorious East Village until 10pm tonight, and we will definitely be back in the swing of things at the Tap next Tuesday.

Taco-ly Yours,
Taco Pastorius

ISF Pre-Game With Tacopocaylpse!

The Iowa State Fair is chugging forth through the month of August with its reign of fried-ness, and we here at the ‘Lypse are pretty stoked to get down with some fried anything, once we get a few moments away from making the tacos. It’s a time when many people come to our city to see the ISF sights and get them some Iowa sun and fun. IT’S ALSO A GREAT TIME TO GET DOWN WITH SOME TACOPOCALYPSE. We have been described as the “next big thing” in DSM, as a “upcoming food landmark,” and we would love to see you and your posse come through to experience what has earned us those accolades. We have a great selection of unorthodox tacos served on hand made corn tortillas, an equally unorthodox burrito menu, including a Burrito Of The Day, nachos, quesadilla, and a solid selection of vegan and vegetarian choices.

Why not stop by on the way to the ISF shuttle, a very convenient 3 blocks from our restaurant, and do a little “pre-game” eating warm up with our hand crafted foods? We are also open until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights for your post-fair munchies (if by some chance you didn’t get enough while at the fair).

Remember folks, Tacos=$, Pizza=$$, Fair Food=$$$$

You Scream For Our Ice Cream

Our team here at the Tacopocalypse Compound has been making many different ice cream flavors for your dining pleasure over the past almost-year. Every flavor has been well received, even the more difficult to imagine combinations.

This is what they have on the Ice Cream Menu for you this weekend:

-Lemon Thyme
-Coconut Strawberry (Vegan)
-Sriracha – Spicy and sweet, with a hint of “huh?”
-Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bacon – Like the breakfast you dreamed of as a kid.
-Brown Butter Thyme
-Vanilla (yeah, just plain vanilla… probably our most shocking flavor)
-Tomato Basil – a sweet basil ice cream made with basil from our own herb garden, swirled with a tart tomato jam.

All of our ice cream is hand made in store using fresh ingredients (our herbs come from “Tacopocalypse Farm”), and come in 6 ounce portions at $2 per cup.