Show 541, September 2, 2023: Chef Marco Zapien, Zapien’s Salsa Grill, Pico Rivera Part One

Marco Zapien of Zapiens Salsa Grill and Taqueria

“Once a year Zapien’s Salsa Grill in Pico Rivera hosts a series of Hatch Pepper-themed events to celebrate the New Mexican spicy, yet savory pepper from Hatch, NM, including a Saturday Hatch Pepper Roast.”

“Join the Salsa Grill for a special Hatch Pepper Brunch on Saturday, September. 9 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. with over 10 Hatch Pepper inspired dishes. Enjoy all-you-can eat specialties, handmade Tortillas, Sparkling Wine and Mimosas. The Hatch Chile Brunch Menu also includes some classic favorites like Menudo and Pozole. Think Hatch Chile Verde and lots more. Zapien’s will also be turning on the roasters that same day, so take home a case (ordered in advance) of Roasted Hatch Peppers.”

“This year’s Hatch Pepper Roast will again allow patrons to pick-up roasted Melissa’s Hatch Peppers by the case and by the preferred level of spice, from mild to hot. Come by and enjoy the festivities as Chef Marco Zapien turns on the roasters for a fun day of celebrating on Saturday, September 9, 2023 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.”

“For Zapien’s Salsa Grill’s 2023 Hatch Pepper Finale join Chef Marco Zapien at the award-winning Zapien’s Salsa Grill & Taqueria on Wednesday evening September 13th from 6 to 8:00 p.m. for one of his lively and entertaining cooking demonstrations, combined with his creativity and the seasonal Mexican Hatch Pepper. Chef MZ shares his passion for classic and contemporary Mexican cuisine by teaching his expert cooking techniques and tricks of the trade. This unique demonstration will include various dishes with Hatch Pepper in the recipe. This one-of-a-kind pepper is available only once a year for a short season after they are grown and distributed from the Hatch Valley in New Mexico. Zapien’s partners annually with Melissa’s World Variety Produce to stage these fun and interactive Hatch Chile-centric events.”

Chef Marco joins us with a Hatch Pepper Coctel de Camaron at the ready.