The Grill turns 18 with a beer tasting, special brunch & all day savings

The Salsa Grill turns 18 on Saturday. What better way to celebrate than a party featuring the same Finest Mexican Cuisine that made the restaurant famous?

This historic anniversary gala is highlighted by a unique beer tasting menu, courtesy of Redlands-based Hangar 24 Brewery. Offered this Saturday only, the special menu includes Hangar 24 Alt Bier and Citrus Carnitas, Ancho Chile and Hangar 24 Orange Wheat Marinated Chicken, and Hangar 24 Pale Ale Battered Tacos de Pescado. Guests can alsoenjoy refried beans, a Cilantro Cesar Salad, and an appetizer of chipotle braised beef taquitos and chicken flautas.

Voted Best Mexican restaurant in the L.A. area four years in a row, The Salsa Grill is also offering special prices on some of its most popular menu items to mark the special occasion. Guests can take advantage of a buy-one, get-one half off brunch. Certain beverages will be priced $1.80 all day, including horchata, jamaica, select beers and margaritas.

For its entire 18-year existence, The Salsa Grill has called its original location home at the corner of Washington Blvd. and Rosemead Blvd. in Pico Rivera. The restaurant is still guided by its original family ownership between Chef Marco Zapien and his father, Jess.

Marco Zapien is also a corporate chef for Los Angeles-based Melissa’s Produce, creating menus, consulting and managing chefs and sports and entertainment venues nationwide. He personally crafts the catering menu for Los Angeles Dodgers home games. As an in-demand chef for private parties, his clientele includes professional athletes and coaches such as San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner.

Fame has not deterred Zapien’s commitment to the community. His initiatives include toy drives to local churches St. Mariana’s and St. Hilary’s, a blanket drive for Covered in Love L.A., support of the culinary program at California High School in Whittier, support of the golf program at El Rancho High in Pico Rivera, and speaking engagements at El Rancho’s career day.

The Salsa Grill is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Breakfast specials are served weekdays until 11 a.m., and lunch specials on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Grill sets up tragedy stricken family with X-Mas dinner

In 2008 Adali Gutierrez witnessed his parents death when they were caught in the middle of a drug cartel shooting in Mexico. Since then, he has been the sole provider and guardian for his four younger siblings.

Gutirrez, 20, works two jobs, including one with the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corp, which helped him get into his current apartment in a poor neighborhood in El Monte.
Executive Chef and Zapien’s Salsa Grill & Taqueria co-owner, Marco Zapien, heard about Adali’s struggles and took the family Christmas Eve dinner earlier this afternoon.
“I read about Adali’s struggles, and I had to do something,” said Zapien.
Several types of Tamales, Chili Verde, Chili Colorado, hand-made Tortillas, Menudo, Pozole and rice and beans were delivered for their Christmas dinner.
“Wow, this is awesome,” said Gutierrez.
Chef Zapien also gave Adali a gift card to bring his family back to the restaurant.
“I’m definitely going there,” said Gutierrez.

The Salsa Grill sheds light, giving toys and a holiday meal

This holiday season most restaurants were wrapped up in holiday bookings and catering orders, however head chef and co-owner of Zapien’s Salsa Grill & Taqueria, Marco Zapien, and his team were busy organizing a toy drive with local churches St. Hilary and St. Mariana.

For most of December “The Grill” collected unwrapped toys for both Pico Rivera parishes to distribute to struggling families within the community this holiday season. This week, they delivered 78 toys to each church.

In exchange for the unwrapped toys every child (12 and under) ate free and every adult received 50 percent off his or her meal.

“We don’t want to get caught up only in the entertainment and shopping this holiday season,” said Zapien. “That said, we want to be a part of making Christmas special for those in our community who are in need, especially those with children.”

According to Marie Martinez, the business director at St. Mariana an estimated 250 families reach out to the parish for food and other goods during the holiday season.

“These donations really make a difference,” said Martinez.

The Salsa Grill’s toy drive ended this week, leaving enough time for distribution to the parishes and families in need. However, Chef Zapien didn’t stop giving.

A specific menu was created for El Monte resident, Adali Gutierrez and his family for Christmas Eve dinner. Zapien will personally deliver the meal Christmas Eve at 2 p.m., which includes an assortment of hand-made Tamales, Chili Colorado and mini desserts.

Gutierrez, 20, lost his parents in a drug cartel shooting in 2008 and cares for his four siblings by working two jobs, but still struggles to pay rent, utilities and food.

“I read about Adali’s struggles, and I had to do something,” said Zapien.

The Salsa Grill shares the true meaning of the holidays

December 07, 2011

As everyone gears up for shopping and decorating, The Salsa Grill is gearing up for giving.

Most restaurants are wrapped up in holiday bookings and catering orders, however head chef and co-owner of The Salsa Grill, Marco Zapien, and his team have been busy organizing a toy drive with local churches St. Hilary and St. Mariana.

Beginning December 1 “The Grill” will collect unwrapped toys for both Pico Rivera parishes to distribute to struggling families within the community this holiday season.

In exchange for the unwrapped toys every child (12 and under) who brings one will eat free and every adult will receive 50 percent off his or her meal. The incentive is offered Monday-Saturday from open to close.

“We don’t want to get caught up only in the entertainment and shopping this holiday season,” said Zapien. “That said, We want to be a part of making Christmas special for those in our community who are in need, especially those with children.”

According to Marie Martinez, the business director at St. Mariana an estimated 250 families reach out to the parish for food and other goods during the holiday season.

“These donations really make a difference,” said Martinez.

The Salsa Grill’s toy drive ends Saturday, Dec. 17.

Additionally, Chef Zapien has worked out a menu for El Monte resident, Adali Gutierrez and his family for Christmas Eve dinner. Zapien is donating a meal from appetizer to dessert, including an assortment of hand-made Tamales, Chili Colorado and mini desserts.

Gutierrez, 20, lost his parents in a drug cartel shooting in 2008 and cares for his four siblings by working two jobs, but still struggles to pay rent, utilities and food.

“I read about Adali’s struggles, and I had to do something,” said Zapien.