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.

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.