Chicas Tacos, the award-winning Mexican fast casual concept and home to “A Better Taco,” has teamed up with legendary Boyle Heights tamale maker Angeles Lopez and James Beard Award-Winning Chef Eduardo Ruiz in the Toys for Tamales Toy Drive, benefitting Venice Community Housing Corporation.

From Saturday, November 27th until Saturday, December 11th, Angelenos can bring an unwrapped toy or $10 gift card to all four Chicas Tacos locations and get two holiday Tamales.  Chicas Tacos is also collaborating with Revolution Carts, the first sidewalk compliant tamale vending cart,  to bring this project together.

Tamale maker Angeles Lopez and her mother have been making traditional holiday tamales on the corner of Olympic and Orme Ave in Boyle Heights for 12 years. Chicas Executive Chef  Eduardo Ruiz met Lopez a few years back and wanted to showcase her culinary talents this holiday season. With Chicas Tacos newest location at Whole Foods Venice (opened on May 5, 2021) the team at Chicas wanted to continue supporting hyper local charities, this time choosing Venice Community Housing Corporation.

Saturday, November 27 from 2 to 5 pm at Chicas Beverly Grove: 8312 W 3rd St., Los Angeles Saturday,

Saturday, December 4 from 2 to 5 pm at Chicas Culver City: 9343 Culver Blvd, Culver City Saturday,

Saturday, December 11, Finale Party from 2 to 5 pm, at Chicas Tacos All Season Brewing Co.: 800 S. La Brea Ave.

All toys gathered from the four events will be compiled and distributed to Venice Community Housing children (who will be on site to receive).  Eduardo Ruiz, and  Angeles Lopez will make signature Holiday Tamales with a healthy twist, live music, beer specials, holiday decor and photo booth.

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Chicas Tacos, the award-winning Mexican fast casual concept and home to “A Better Taco,” is located inside the Whole Foods Market Venice.

Open seven days a week from 11:30 am to 7:00 pm, the Chicas Venice menu features some key sought-after staples including the award-winning Chicas Crispy Taco (plant-based) and Beer Battered Fish Taco, nachos, burritos and bowls.  View menu!

About Chicas Tacos:  Chicas Tacos was born in the streets of Los Angeles in 2016 while searching for fresh, healthy versions of the Southern California street tacos we grew up with and love so much. Founded by Chef Eduardo Ruiz, Chicas has remained committed to its core promise of serving a better taco. At Chicas, it’s about more than great food and great hospitality. It’s about honoring the taqueros and chefs who came before us. It’s about finding partners like La Princesita for our award-winning hand-pressed corn tortillas. It’s about putting in care, love, and time that you can taste, like our slow-braised marinated barbacoa or our 20-ingredient Caesar dressing. Bold yet balanced tacos rooted in Mexican tradition made fresh daily with better ingredients and wrapped in love – that’s Chicas Tacos.

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Dining is available indoors and outside. We offer catering packages, drop off, curbside pick-up and delivery. We look forward to welcoming into our newest beachside kitchen!

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