2013-08-13 23:54:27 - Special Menu – An Homage To New Mexico Tradition – Features Range of Chile Peppers
Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill at South Coast Plaza is launching its annual Chile Fest, an homage to the famous Hatch, New Mexico festival, Sept 3 - Sept 16 and $1 from each entrée off the special menu will benefit the Blind Children’s Learning Center. Executive Chef Daniel Stevens says the idea behind Chile Fest is to celebrate the versatile role the fruit (its internal, edible seeds qualify it as a fruit rather than a vegetable) plays in the culinary world. Each menu item on the Chile Fest menu including desserts and cocktails contain a variety of Chile pepper.
Among the items are a Tamarind Chicken Salad with sweet pickled Hatch Chiles; Roasted Hatch New Mexico Chiles stuffed with seared beef tenderloin, jack
cheese and caramelized onions and topped with a chipotle corn relish; Herb Hatch Chili Glazed Mahi Mahi; and Pork Medallion Sliders served on a jalapeno roll and topped with green Chile pineapple chimichurri and New Mexico slaw. The featured dessert is the Hatch Chile Coconut Flan served with fresh berries and whipped cream and special cocktails include Smokin’ Margarita (Herradura Anejo, DeKuyper Peach, Grand Marnier, fresh lemon juice, agave nectar and “an added kick”) and Z'Smash (Herradura Anejo, fresh oranges, fresh lemons, mint and agave nectar).
“We’re delighted to team up with the Blind Children’s Learning Center to launch this greatly anticipated annual event,” said General Manager Jeffrey Grasso. “Chef Danny has assembled a strong menu that is sure to appeal to those who appreciate all range of Chile peppers, strong bold flavors and quality ingredients. We hope to a generate tremendous response from the dining public as it directly correlates with the donation to this important nonprofit.”
Established in 1962, the nonprofit Blind Children’s Learning Center is dedicated to helping blind and visually impaired youths achieve their full potential and lead lives of independence. Their holistic approach begins when the child is born and continues throughout their development until they graduate from high school. The organization’s extended services are offered both at the Center and in public schools.
Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill offers a wide array of fresh, flavorful and innovative menu items inspired by culinary influences from Louisiana, Texas, California and Mexico. The restaurant’s interior features an exhibition kitchen, private dining room, mahogany bar, wrought iron detailing, handcrafted tile work, copper accents, jewel-toned fabric lined booths and flattering amber-colored lighting. Al fresco dining is available on the restaurant’s 85-seat heated patio. Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill is open daily for lunch and dinner; half-price appetizers and drink specials are offered during happy hour. Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill is located on the east side of South Coast Plaza (3333 S. Bristol Street, Costa Mesa). For more information, call (714) 979-7469 or visit www.ztejas.com, www.facebook.com/ZTejasSouthwesternGrill, www.twitter.com/ZTejas.