OH MAN! Hatch Green chile day is almost here!!!

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DANA POINT, CA — Hatch Chile roasting and tasting events are returning to Gelson's stores each Saturday from August 10-31. Hatch Chili Peppers are popular in Southern New Mexico due to their distinct fragrance and unique taste, where the annual Hatch Chile Festival draws thousands of visitors every Labor Day weekend, the Gelson's press release said. Gelson's will provide complimentary roasting for home recipes, and customers can learn about the growing process and get cooking ideas from staff, the press release said. "Gelson's has long been a local advocate for Hatch Chiles, a mildly hot and savory pepper that — when perfectly roasted — yields a uniquely delicious flavor, both spicy and sweet, offering a flavor pop that enhances a range of recipes," the Gelson's press release said. Customers can also sample Hatch Chile dishes such as the Hatch Chile Cornbread, Hatch Egg Salad, Hatch Chile/Grilled Corn/Heirloom Tomato Salad, Hatch Sausage and Peppers, Hatch Macaroni & Cheese, Mini Quiche Hatch Chile and the Cream of Hatch Green Chile Soup. For more information, visit the Gelson's website. Hatch Chile roasting will take place on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the following locations: August 10: Calabasas, La Costa/Carlsbad, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach August 17: Irvine, Pacific Beach, Rancho Mission Viejo, Santa Monica August 24: La Cañada Flintridge, Rancho Mirage, Santa Barbara, Sherman Oaks August 31: Dana Point, Del Mar, Silver Lake, Thousand Oaks