I heard Vegan Taco Party and started packing my bags and flew all the way to L.A. to attend the 3rd Annual L.A.’s Best Vegan Taco’s hosted by Eat Drink Vegan
and Café Gratitude
. Showcasing L.A.’s best chefs and vegan taco vendors. All proceeds from the event went to benefit Voto Latino which is a organization that seeks to build a stronger and more inclusive American democracy by recognizing Latinos’ innate leadership.
With each ticket purchased you receive 10 delicious vegan tacos, a punch card to keep track of which tacos you’ve tried, and coin to vote for your favorite taco. Ben and I arrived around 1pm and there were already lots of people lined up in front of each booth to receive their taco. Each restaurant described their taco and where they were located in the area while they handed out the taco of the day. Every restaurant was different and unique in their own way and you could see their personality through their taco. How many times will I say "Taco" in this post?
Our strategy was to stand in the shortest line, get our taco, and head to a table to enjoy. I have listed all 10 tacos in the order that I ate them. Enjoy!
Vegatinos @vegatinos - Chef Alex Vargas
Taco de chicharrón
Taco de chicharrón - non- gmo soy curls, pico de gallo, cabbage, chipotle mayo
Tacos La Tehuanita @tacoslatehuanita - Chef Richard Chang
Chile Relleno Taco
Chile Relleno Taco - crusted sweet pepper stuffed with black beans, rice, onion, garlic and vegan cheese, topped with housemade mole sauce
Sage Vegan Bistro - @thekindsage - Chefs Mollie & Elias Sosa Engelhart
Bahn Mi Taco
Bahn Mi Taco - fried tofu, spicy pickled cabbage, shredded carrots, cilantro, basil, jalapeno, habanero cream cheese, sweet & sour sauce
Cooking with Om - @cookingwithom - Chef Om Rishikesh
Ayurvedic Jackfruit Taco
Ayurvedic Jackfruit taco - jackfruit marinated in ayurvedic spices, pickled red cabbage turmeric cashew queso, chipotle cashew crema, cilantro, radishes, coconut bacon.
Cena Vegan - @Cenavegan - Chef Carmen Santillan
Taco de Alambre
Taco de alambre - House made Seitan, bell peppers, onion, tomato, garlic, soyrizo, vegan bacon, and guacamole on a flour tortilla
Café Gratitude - @cafegratitude - Chefs Beto Roque & Hugo Ramos
Remember Me Taco
Remember me taco - Steak fries, fuji apple & mango slaw, kale chicharron, avocado salsa cream, pickled onion, garlic bread crumbs, heirloom blue corn tortilla
Gracias Madre - @GMweho - Chefs Miguel Gutierrez
Chickpea Chorizo Taco
Chickpea Chorizo Taco - chickpea chorizo, avocado & tomatillo salsa, pico de gallo, salsa roja, lime
Cauliflower Chorizo con Papas Fondue
Cauliflower chorizo con papas fondue - cauliflower, soy, lentils, lima beans, pasilla chili, yellow onion, black beans, vegan cheese, guava, tomato, guajillo chile, garlic, cumin, oregano, cilantro, ginger, paprika, cayenne, serrano pepper, coconut milk
Amo Nakatl Asada - @Amo_nakatl_asada - Chef Tony Oseguera
Adobada Taco - fresh chopped cilantro, onion, mild guac-salsa, microgreen radish sprouts & a piece of grilled pineapple on the side
Just Vegana - @justvegana - Chefs Jae & Janet Tuiolosega
Taco de Cochinita Pibil
Taco de cochinita pibil - jackfruit, onions, garlic, mushrooms, tomato, orange, vinegar, cilantro, peppers, celery, avocado and spices on a handmade native corn tortilla
Believe it or not, 10 tacos is a lot. We took small breaks in between and cooled down with Kombucha from GT’s Living Foods
. We check out Kernel Of Truth Organics
booth where they were handing out free tortillas.
After all 10 tacos were demolished, I had to decide which taco was my favorite to cast my vote. I voted for @Cenavegan
because it was spicy, the tempeh was perfect and I love a good flour tortilla.
The winners of the 3rd Annual L.A.’s Best Vegan Taco:
People’s Choice Award: @vegatinos
Judge’s Pick: @tacoslatehuanita
Taco bout a good time! This was such a fun event! Eating tacos, saving lives, and spreading kindness is my kind of party!
Thank you Eat Drink Vegan
and Café Gratitude
you guys put on a great event!
P.S. Taco was mentioned 29 times throughout this post. Taco bout over kill! Shoot now that's 30.