It’s almost that special time of year when farms in New Mexico harvest scores of precious green chiles and roast them to a beautiful, blistery sheen. Yes, we're talking about the famous Hatch green chile — and don't worry, Phoenicians, you don't have to road trip to the next state just to get your fix.
Later this month, La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen will host its annual Hatch Chile Sale. The Gilbert restaurant comes from the same family behind the Los Dos Molinos restaurants, known for their fiery New Mexican cuisine.
Starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 26, and Saturday, August 27, the family-owned and -operated La Ristra will be roasting green chiles. And if you want in on the action, you'd better place your order now. It costs $45 for one sack of roasted chiles (weighing in at more or less 40 pounds), and $80 for two sacks totaling approximately 80 pounds. Yes, you’ve done your math right, that’s a dollar a pound.
The Fourth Annual Hatch Chile Sale will also feature food and drink specials, chile samplings, a beer tap takeover by Sante Fe Brewing Company, and live music. Solo artist Holly Kirsten will be performing some acoustic covers on Friday, and the five-man band Guitarras Latinas will perform on Saturday. You’ll also find more than 100 different types of tequilas in their cantina – just saying.
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To preorder your Hatch chiles, call 480-545-2880 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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