Happy Hour: $3 Beers, $4 Micheladas & Margaritas

Zapien’s Salsa Grill & Taqueria now offers Happy Hour specials Tuesday – Friday. Happy Hour at Zapien's Salsa Grill

From 5 p.m. – close, authentic Mexican food lovers can also enjoy $3.00 ice-cold domestic or imported beers and $4.00 Micheladas and Margaritas.

The Grill offers a selection of Mexican and domestic beers such as Pacifico, Modelo, Dos XX, Coors Light and Bud Light. Micheladas are made withe Chef Marco Zapien’s chile powder, and combine lime juice, salt, Clamato, other seasonings to taste and any favorite beer. Margaritas are available in lime or strawberry flavors, with or without a salted rim and a fresh lime to top it off.

Zapien’s hosts Super Bowl cooking class

Zapien’s hosts Super Bowl cooking class

 

Zapien’s Salsa Grill will be hosting its annual Super Bowl Cooking Class January 14, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Chef Marco Zapien will demonstrate how to prepare some football favorites, such as Coctel de Camaron (Shrimp Cocktail), Braised Beef Brisket Grilled Cheese, and Hatch Chile Chicken Wings.

Guests will receive copies of all recipes demonstrated, dinner featuring the items prepared, soft drinks, and a complimentary meal for your next visit. Beer and Margarita specials will also be available.

Limited space is available. Sign up today to reserve your spot at http://thesalsagrill.com/events-2/super-bowl-cooking-class or call (562) 942-7072. For a full menu visit http://thesalsagrill.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/01-14-15-Super-Bowl-Cooking-Class.pdf

After working in the sports and entertainment industry for years, Marco Zapien decided in 2003 that it was time to build a reputation in the private sector by partnering with his father Jess in a family operated restaurant. Zapien’s Salsa Grill and Taqueria has been in operation for several years now and has been a community favorite for each and every one of those years. Marco has developed a unique style of cooking that incorporates two generations of his mothers and fathers family recipes with the passionate creativity he has developed throughout his culinary career. Since joining the partnership full time, the restaurant has exploded with much acclaim because of the tantalizing menu creations Marco has developed.

The Salsa Grill Sponors Holiday Toy Drive

The Salsa Grill's Holiday Toy Drive

Give back this holiday season by dining at your favorite Mexican grill and bringing in a toy for a child less fortunate. The Salsa Grill in Pico Rivera, CA is hosting a toy drive November 23 to December 18, Monday through Saturday from open to close. Bring in an unwrapped toy and children eat free, adults will receive 50% off their meal. Toys will be donated to St. Hilary and St. Mariana for distribution to struggling families this holiday season. This is the third year in a row that The Salsa Grill has sponsored a toy drive during the holiday season, and every year they have succeeded in delivering a truck full of toys directly to the two churches.

The Salsa Grill is located at 6702-04 Rosemead Boulevard, in Pico Rivera, CA. The Salsa Grill has been voted Los Angeles’ Best Mexican restaurant for the last nine years in a row, and not only offers great Mexican food but also cooking classes and catering. For more information, visit http://thesalsagrill.com/

Salsa Grill Adds Happy Hour Specials

Zapien’s Salsa Grill & Taqueria now offers Happy Hour specials Tuesday – Friday. Happy Hour at Zapien's Salsa Grill

From 5 p.m. – close, authentic Mexican food lovers can also enjoy $3 ice-cold beers and $5 Micheladas and Margaritas.

The Grill offers a selection of Mexican and domestic beers such as Pacifico, Modelo, Dos XX, Coors Light and Bud Light. Micheladas are made withe Chef Marco Zapien’s chile powder, and combine lime juice, salt, Clamato and any favorite beer. Margaritas are available in lime or strawberry flavors, with or without a salted rim and a lime to top it off.

Salsa Grill Voted Best Mexican Again

For the ninth time, Zapien’s Salsa Grill & Taqueria was voted Los Angeles’ Best Mexican restaurant Zapien's Salsa Grill Voted Best Mexican Restaurantby patrons.

During the month of August, Los Angeles restaurant lovers were able to vote for their favorite LA-area restaurant via LA City Voter’s website, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Hotlist. The Salsa Grill was amongst 20 other Mexican restaurants nominated for the honor, and for the ninth straight competition took the top spot.

SG Hosts Fundraiser for Pico Rivera Family

Zapien’s Salsa Grill & Taqueria will host a fundraiser for the surviving family of a Pico Rivera resident mistakenly killed by L.A. County sheriffs during a home invasion.

On Friday, August 1, the Mendoza’s fell victim to a home invasion robbery. Lorraine Mendoza was held hostage by a wanted felon, and Frank Mendoza, 54, was mistakenly killed in a fierce gun battle after an eight-hour standoff and pursuit of the 24-year-old gunman.

Although the Sheriff’s department has provided help to Lorraine Mendoza and their surviving children, The Salsa Grill wants to further assist during this tragedy.

On Wednesday, August 20, the Mexican restaurant will host a buffet dinner from 4 to 10 p.m.. 20 percent of proceeds from the buffet will be donted back to the family.

“Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the Mendoza family during this very difficult time. Frank Mendoza was a member of our Pico Rivera community and his life was tragically taken. Chef Marco Zapien and the Salsa Grill staff are committed to helping the Mendoza family get through this tragedy,” said restaurant staff.

Funeral services for Mendoza were held on August 9.

Hatch Chile Demo, Roasting & Brunch

Hatch Chile season is here, and The Salsa Grill will offer various events to share the green chile love.

The festivities begin with a Hatch Chile cooking demonstration on Wednesday, Aug. 13 from 6 – 8 p.m. Chef Marco Zapien will take class attendees through a six-course menu which begins with a Watermelon, Mango and Hatch Chile Salsa, includes grilled Tri Tip glazed with Hatch Chile BBQ Sauce and ends with Hatch Chile ice cream made with Rumchata and Root Beer. For $35 per person class participants enjoy all-you-can eat of each menu item, and take home copies of each recipe.

Chef Zapien has hosted over 20 cooking demonstrations in three years and presents themed menus, including Super Bowl Sunday, Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

Hatch Chile Roasting in Conjunction with Melissa’s Produce

Although Hatch Chile season officially begins in August, The Salsa Grill will host their third annual Hatch Chile roast alongside Melissa’s Produce on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hatch Chiles will be sold for $40 per case.

The Pico Rivera restaurant will continue sharing the green love with a special Hatch Chile Brunch from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. also on Saturday, Sept. 6. Guests can enjoy over 10 items with Hatch Chile incorporate into the recipes. The Belgian Waffles are served with Hatch Chile lemon syrup, and the Hatch Chile and Ham Scramble includes fluffy scrambled eggs tossed with roasted Hatch Chiles, tomatoes and onions. Handmade corn and flour tortillas and champagne and mimosas are included. The cost is $18 per person and $10 for children 10 and under.

Pico Rivera chef actively involved in local community

Chef Marco Zapien has been involved in his community for years and is not slowing down any time soon. He is currently touring seven Southern California libraries performing cooking demonstrations, and he continues to reach out to aspiring chefs, working closely with high school culinary programs.

The executive chef and co-owner of Zapien’s Salsa Grill & Taqueria demonstrates how to make the red salsa he serves at his restaurant, cilantro salad and dressing, chili verde and bread pudding at each of his library stops. Audience members even get a free plate of the freshly made food. The tour began Thursday, March 6 in South Gate at Hollydale Library and will end Saturday, May 24 at Leland R. Weaver Library, also in South Gate.

On Wednesday, March 19, students from Bell Gardens High School will get the opportunity to see Chef MZ at work in his restaurant. About 30 students will visit from the school’s Culinary and Hospitality Occupations Pathway (CHOP) and the Regional Occupations Program (ROP).

Chef MZ has been planning and hosting food demonstrations for the last three years—his first Super Bowl themed class was held in January 2011. Since then he has hosted over 20 classes, with each having a distinct menu fitting a theme such as holiday dining and summer entertaining.

The number of registrants has steadily grown to average 50 to 60 participants per show. There are even some returners who can’t get enough.

Since the cooking demonstrations began, Chef MZ has been connecting with people who want to entertain on their own terms, letting them in on his creative menu ideas, seasoning secrets and shortcuts in the kitchen.

Food lovers have flocked to his restaurant for more than 18 years. Some claim the restaurant has the best carnitas or enchiladas, while others argue it’s the mole or menudo. Whatever the case, it’s gained a following.

Zapien’s Salsa Grill was founded in 1994 and is known for its authentic Mexican flavors, including menudo, pozole and mole. Still located at its original address in Pico Rivera, Zapien’s is an established part of the local community.

In October 2013, The Grill was named “Best Mexican in the L.A. area” for the seventh straight year by Los Angeles Hot List voters.

Chef MZ is also the owner of Black Tie & Blue Jeans Creative Catering and is a corporate chef for Melissa’s World Variety Produce.

Zapien’s Salsa Grill is located at 6702 Rosemead Blvd in Pico Rivera. For more information, visit thesalsagrill.com.

Mardi Gras cooking demonstration to be led by Chef MZ

Chef Marco Zapien will host an interactive cooking demonstration with a Lent friendly menu in a Mardi Gras atmosphere at his restaurant in Pico Rivera. The class will take place at Zapien’s Salsa Grill & Taqueria in Pico Rivera on Wednesday March 12 from Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Approximately 50 participants will learn how to make a special meal for their sweethearts as they cook alongside Chef MZ, co-owner and executive chef at “The Grill.”

Menu items include Coctel de Camaron, Nopales Salad, Tacos de Pescado and Chile Rellenos. For dessert, guests will learn how to make Bailey’s Arroz Con Leche, which is White rice steamed in a Bailey’s cinnamon cream served with bunuelos.

Each class participant will enjoy all-you-can eat of the items demonstrated, plus menus and step-by-step directions to take home. In addition, guests will receive a complimentary meal on their next visit.

Chef MZ has been planning and hosting food demonstrations for the last three years, beginning with a Super Bowl themed night for those entertaining or cooking for the big game in 2011. Since then, he has hosted several themed shows including holiday and summer entertaining.

The number of registrants has steadily grown from around 20 people at a demonstration to 50 participants. There are even some returners who can’t get enough.

“We don’t miss a class,” said Pico Rivera resident, Lisa Martinez. “Every time it’s different, exciting. My husband comes with me to each show now.”

Since the cooking demonstrations began, Chef MZ has been connecting with people who want to entertain on their own terms, letting them in on his creative menu ideas, seasoning secrets and shortcuts in the kitchen.

Food lovers have flocked to his restaurant for more than 18 years. Some claim the restaurant has the best carnitas or enchiladas, while others argue it’s the mole or menudo. Whatever the case, it’s gained a following.

In October, The Grill was named “Best Mexican in the L.A. area” for the seventh straight year by Los Angeles Hot List voters.

His cooking demo menus, however, go beyond Mexican food. In November, the Thanksgiving demo included chipotle roasted turkey and Dutch yellow potato mash with roasted garlic.

Chef MZ is also the owner of Black Tie & Blue Jeans Creative Catering and is a corporate chef for Melissa’s World Variety Produce.

Registration is limited. For a complete menu and to register for The Salsa Grill’s Mardi Gras cooking class, visit www.thesalsagrill.com.

Dodgers Tickets at stake for Father’s Day contest

Zapien’s Salsa Grill in Pico Rivera, CA will be awarding two exceptional Dads with a pair of Dodger tickets this Father’s Day. It’s up to the kids to win the tickets for Dad.

An essay contest titled, “Why is your Dad the best?” will run from Thursday, May 16 to Monday, June 10. Participants must be between the ages of six and thirteen years of age. Girls and boys are welcome.

Each essay must be one page with no word minimum, and be according to theme.  Contestants will be entered into two age categories, six to nine-year-olds, and 10 to 13-year-olds. Younger contestants are asked to include an illustration with their essay.

All entries must include name, age, school, home address, email address, phone number, and date of birth at the top of the submitted essay. Entries can be sent to info@salsagrill.com, or dropped off at the restaurant at 6702 Rosemead Blvd., no later than Monday, June 10.

One winner in each category will receive a pair of Dodgers baseball tickets for Dad. Winners will be announced by Friday, June 14.

Head Chef Marco Zapien is dedicated to family and his community.  The restaurant is still family owned by himself, and father Jess Zapien. The Grill is still located at its original building since opening in Pico Rivera in 1994.

Zapien is always finding new ways to give back to his community, whether by supporting local golf programs at local high schools, holding toy drives at local churches or motivational speaking at local elementary schools.