Cal High to Name Kitchen After Chef Marco Zapien

On Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 9 a.m. the California High School Culinary Arts Academy will name one of their program “kitchens” after Chef Marco Zapien during a special ceremony at the school.Cal High to Name Kitchen After Chef Marco Zapien

Chef Marco, owner and executive chef at Zapien’s Salsa Grill & Taqueria in Pico Rivera, has been an active volunteer and donor to the program for over five years. Twice a year he attends a culinary career day where he brings enough samples of the items he demonstrates for the entire program to try. Additionally, Marco has been a guest speaker at other student career related events and regularly donates supplies.

Cal High’s Culinary Arts Academy divides students into smaller individual groups or “kitchens” for more hands on experience and an interactive learning environment. A few other famous chefs which these kitchens are named after include, Julia Childs, Duff Goldman and Bobby Flay. Soon Marco Zapien will be added to the list.

“We appreciate all the dedication and support Chef Marco has shown the Culinary Arts Academy at Cal High over the years,” said lead academy teacher, Corey Duarte. “Chef Marco has also shown the importance of family by bringing them into help with demos and talking about the restaurant.”

Zapien’s Salsa Grill & Taqueria, also known as The Salsa Grill is a family business. Chef Marco runs the establishment with the help of his dad, Jess Zapien and several family members play a key role in the day-to-day operations. Chef Marco also founded Black Tie & Blue Jeans Catering, which offers several menu options for weddings and other special events.

Hatch Chile Festivities at The Salsa Grill

Hatch Chile season is here and The Salsa Grill is ready with three events surely to take advantage of the bright green, glossy pepper’s annual availability.

Hatch Chile Festivities at The Salsa Grill
For the sixth straight year, Chef Marco Zapien is hosting a Hatch Chile interactive cooking demonstration, Hatch Chile roast and Hatch Chile brunch. Every summer, New Mexican Hatch Chiles are ripe enough to enjoy and Chef MZ is making a late summer celebration out of it.

The cooking demo on Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 6 -8 p.m. is where participants will learn how to make items such as Kool Cabbage and Seafood Salad Tacos topped with Hatch Chile Sauce, Hatch Chile Marinated Chicken, Hatch Chile Baby Back Ribs and much more. Recipes for seven different Hatch Chile dishes, including dessert, will be demonstrated and then served for all to enjoy. Class goers will take home recipes and step-by-step directions. The cost is $45 per person, click here to view menu, and here to reserve your spot.

This year’s Hatch cooking demo will give class attendees a taste of what the Hatch Chile roast is all about; Chef MZ will do a live roast at the cooking demo. And what would a cooking demo be without a raffle – the raffle prizes are cases of roasted Hatch Chiles.

The parking lot in front of the restaurant will be filled with roasters and cases of chiles on Saturday, Sept. 17 beginning at 8 a.m. The Salsa Grill has worked closely with Melissa’s Produce to ensure the most flavorful peppers for the roast, cooking demo and brunch. Reserve your cases of Hatch Chiles here.

Chef MZ’s Hatch Chile brunch is also on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and includes a complete Hatch Chile inspired menu. Some decadent brunch items include Hatch Chile Picadillo, Hatch Chile Mac N Chees and Tacos de papa con Hatch Chile. The cost is $21 per person and $10 for children 12 and under. Each adult brunch includes Champagne and Mimosas.

Hatch Chile lovers can pre-order their $40 case and select their preferred level of hotness: mild, medium, hot, or very hot. Class participants should also sign-up before it’s full. Interested participants can register here or can call the restaurant at 562-942.7072.

Chef MZ Ready to Spice Up East LA Meets Napa

For the fifth straight year, Chef Marco Zapien will showcase his culinary talent to Angelenos during the 2016 East LA Meets Napa “World Tour.” Chef MZ Ready to Spice Up East LA Meets Napa

On Friday, July 15 beginning at 6 p.m., foodies will enjoy the tastes of culinary greats, including Zapien’s Chicharron Verde Tostada served with pickled, red onion slaw and topped with queso fresco.

Other restaurants and wineries – primarily Los Angeles’ top Mexican eateries and Latino-owned or operated Napa area wineries – will sample bites and sips at the event’s new venue, the California Plaza.

The event serves as a fundraiser for AltaMed Heatlh Services, and for $225 guests will enjoy all-you-can eat and drink, and some live entertainment.

Wine tasting will extend beyond Napa. This year’s theme, “World Tour,” means wine varietals from many international wine regions will be showcased by vinters.

The California Plaza is located at 350 S. Grand Avenue in Downtown LA. Since 2007 this annual fundraiser had been held at Union Station, but after growing to almost 2,000 partygoers, a larger venue was in store.

For more event information, please visit http://www.altamed.org/eastlameetsnapa.

Salsa Grill Partners with Compassion Covers: California

The holidays and winter are not the only times of the year to give. Last week, thanks to Zapien’s Salsa Grill and many contributable donations, more than 350 people were fed on Skid Row. Chef Marco Zapien brought together his restaurant, The Salsa Grill, and Compassion Covers: California to feed those in need in Downtown Los Angeles.

This is the first event in a continued partnership between The Salsa Grill and Compassion Covers: California. Chef Zapien donated a $500 check and gave his time, with other volunteers, to make more than 250 bean and cheese burritos to distribute. All will continue as partners to assist organizations throughout the greater Los Angeles area, including Skid Row, with generous charitable donations of time, food and money. This will continue throughout the summer and the rest of the year.

This was also Compassion Covers: California’s first outreach for the summer that also brought along Paul and Joe Viele from Viele & Sons for donations of additional food, water, tables and canopies.

Compassion Covers: California seeks to help with the needs of those battling poverty in the streets. They strive to offer relief in the form of personal hygiene products, new blankets, food, and other various contributions donated by themselves and their partners.

Photo Contest: Complimentary Cooking Demo Seat Up For Grabs

Zapien’s Salsa Grill & Taqueria is running its first-ever social media photo contest, now through Sunday, October 11, at 8 p.m.

The contest encourages Salsa Grill diners to take photos of their experience in the restaurant or on the go – be creative — and post to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using #SalsaGrillin in the caption for a chance to win a free entry to one of Chef Marco Zapien’s upcoming interactive cooking demonstrations. Entries must also tag The Salsa Grill in their post; multiple entries across multiple social media platforms will not be considered.

Chef Zapien and staff will choose two winning photos to be announced Monday, October 12. Winners can redeem their complimentary seat at either the Oktoberfest or holiday demo.

The last cooking class — the annual Hatch Chile show – attracted 60 class participants who were able to learn eight Hatch Chile recipes, including soup, salad main entrees and dessert.

Class entry includes a full list of recipes demonstrated by Chef MZ over two-hours from prep to cook time, all-you-can eat of each item demonstrated, raffle prizes and a 2 for 1 card to enjoy regular dining at the restaurant.

In 2010, Chef Zapien began hosting cooking demos and featuring items off his menu. As the popularity grew, people requested other items such as Ribs, Turkey during the holidays and chili beans.

The Oktoberfest cooking demo is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14 at 6 p.m.

For more info and full contest rules visit www.thesalsagrill.com/share-your-love-for-salsa-photo-contest.

Recipe: Hatch Chile Buttermilk Biscuits

Hatch Chile Buttermilk Biscuits

Chef Marco Zapien’s Hatch Chile cooking demo was a hit with just under 60 participants.

Everything on the menu included ingredients that called for Hatch Chile, including his Hatch Chile Buttermilk Biscuits with Hatch Chile Honey Butter.

If you missed this class, but are attending the Hatch Chile Roast at The Salsa Grill on Saturday, Sept. 12, here’s a recipe to get you excited about something you can make with the chiles you take home. If you haven’t made plans to be there Saturday, don’t worry, we’ll be selling cases, even to those who did not pre order. The roast is from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Hatch Chile Buttermilk Biscuits

Chef MZ's Hatch Chile Buttermilk Biscuits

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 peeled, seeded and diced hatch chiles
  • 1 TB baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 stick butter (ice cold cut into cubes)
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter to brush the biscuits

Hatch Chile Honey Butter

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 peeled, seeded and chopped hatch chile

Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  2. Add in the butter one cube at a time and incorporate with your hands. Mixture will resemble coarse crumbs.
  3. Slowly add in the buttermilk and chopped hatch chiles until fully incorporated.
  4. On a floured surface, place dough and roll into a ball.
  5. Roll out into a rectangle and fold over. Roll out again. Fold over and roll out again.
  6. Roll out into a rectangular shape about 1/2 inch thick.
  7. Using a ring cutter, cut into 2 to 3 inch biscuits.
  8. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Brush tops with melted butter.
  9. Bake in a 400 degree oven for approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Honey Butter

Hatch Chile Honey Butter

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients.

Chef MZ’s next class will be in October — Oktoberfest recipes are in store!

Chef MZ’s Summer Barbecue Demo

Chef Marco ZapienChef Marco Zapien is back at it again.

He and his staff are hosting a Summer Barbecue cooking demonstration at the restaurant on Wednesday, July 8, giving guests the opportunity to learn his grillin’ secrets.

Chef MZ will demonstrate the perfect menu for hosting a Summer barbecue celebration including: Mango Cole Slaw, Grilled Potato Salad, Tri Tip Chile Beans, Jack and Coke Barbecue RIbs and Maple Horseradish Pulled BBQ Brisket Sandwiches.

Don’t forget dessert; Peach Crisp.

On top of this special summer menu, guests will receive copies of each recipe, soft drinks, a complimentary meal for their next visit, and of course the chef’s special tips.

Click here to register and view the class menu.

 

Weekend Michelada & Mimosa Bar

Weekends at The Salsa Grill mean $7 Micheladas and $10 free flowing Champagne and Mimosas.  Michelada Bar at The Salsa Grill

The summertime fun happens Friday from 5 p.m. to close and all day Saturday and Sunday.

For $7 each, you can create the perfect Michelada with an abundance of fixings to choose from such as fresh limes, pepper, Chef Marco Zapien’s hot sauce, Horse Radish and olives. Of course, topped off with a Mexican beer and Clamato.

Free flowing Champagne and Mimosas come with freshly sliced Strawberries.

 

Father’s Day Cooking Demo with Chef MZ

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Chef Marco Zapien, also known as Chef MZ, is doing a cooking demonstration at the restaurant on Wednesday, June 10, giving guests the opportunity to learn Father’s Day inspired recipes.

The menu will have creations including: Roasted Ghost Pepper Salsa, P.R. Clam Chowder, Tacos Al Pastor, Chipotle Marinated Chicken, Ensalada de Nopal, Grilled Corn on the Cob, and Churro Sundaes.

On top of this expansive menu demonstration and trying each item listed, guests will receive the copies of each recipe, soft drinks, and a complimentary meal for their next visit.

Click here to register and view the class menu.

 

Salsa Grill Launches New Weekly Dinner Specials Menu

Zapien’s Salsa Grill & Taqueria launched a new weekly specials dinner menu, with something fun available for the whole family Tuesday – Saturday from 4 – 9 p.m.

The weekly dinner specials kick off with Taco Tuesday. Asada, chicken, carnitas and beef tacos are all available for $1.50 each. Or get an entire two taco plate, meat of choice, with rice and beans for $9.

Mole Miercoles means some of Chef Marco Zapien’s famous mole, it was his grandmother’s recipe, at a great cost. Enjoy a Pollo en Mole Dinner or a Pollo en Mole Enchilada Dinner for $9.

Thursday nights spice up with Chipotle Chicken Thursday, which is family style and includes a 1/2 Chipotle Roasted Chicken Dinner served with rice, beans and salsa for $9.

For over a year, The Grill has offered its Carnitas Feast and has recently changed things up — new day of the week and title. The Friday Night Feast is also family style and includes Carnitas, beans, rice, Ensalada de Nopales and handmade Tortillas for $16 per person.

Sizzling Saturday Night is another family style feast, but with Chicken Fajitas, rice beans and handmade Tortillas for $16 per person.

During each weekly night special, happy hour specials are also available. $3 domestic and imported bottled beer and $4 Margaritas and Micheladas.