Hatch Chile season is here and The Salsa Grill is ready with three special events so guests can take advantage of the bright green, glossy pepper’s annual availability.
For the ninth year, Chef Marco Zapien is hosting an interactive Hatch Chile cooking demonstration, Hatch Chile roast and Hatch Chile brunch.
Every summer, New Mexican Hatch Chiles are ripe enough to enjoy and Chef MZ makes a late summer celebration of it.
The cooking demo on Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 6 -8 p.m. is where participants will learn how to make several Hatch Chile recipes. The menu, available soon, will include some of Chef MZ’s creativity with dishes like Hatch Chile Chile Verde and Hatch Chile Mac ‘n Cheese.
Recipes for more than 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 $55 per person. Every year the class fills up, so reserve a spot early. Advance registration is required.
And what would a cooking demo be without a raffle? Prizes will vary from Salsa Grill swag to a free case of roasted Hatch Chiles, available for pick-up on or after the Hatch Chile Roast at The Salsa Grill on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can reserve your case of roasted Hatch Chiles now, as well as select the level of spice – from mild to very hot. Each case is $40 and includes 25 pounds of Hatch Chiles.
This year’s roast will be bigger than ever with more roasters running to eliminate wait times. It’s recommended that Hatch Chiles be ordered in advance for pick up at the roast, but cases will be available for purchase and take home on the spot.
That same day, the restaurant will host a special Hatch Chile brunch, also from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The brunch includes a complete Hatch Chile inspired menu. Adult brunch includes champagne or Mimosas.
The Salsa Grill parking lot in front of the restaurant will be filled with roasters and cases of chiles as the restaurant works closely with Melissa’s Produce to ensure the most flavorful peppers for the roast, cooking demo and brunch.
Menus for the cooking demo and brunch will be available soon.