Friday, September 9, 2011

5,000 lbs. of delicious

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 10:05 AM

This Sunday, Sept. 11, is the second annual Hatch Chile Festival sponsored by Taqueria del Sol. James Oxendine has an interview with Eddie Hernandez, chef of the restaurant, on the Atlanta Magazine "Covered Dish" blog.

Unfortunately, tickets for the event, which attracted 800 people last year, are sold out for the 5 p.m. session. Tickets are still available for the 7 p.m. session. Nonetheless, you can sample a Hatch green chile relleno throughout September at the restaurant's two locations in town.

From Oxendine's interview:

Before you began the festival, you ran Hatch chile rellenos for years at TDS (and Sundown before that): When did you first taste Hatch chiles?

Hernadez: I first tasted Hatch chiles in the mid-’80s when I lived near Waco, Texas. [Owner] Mike Klank first experienced the chiles when he lived in New Mexico, and he was the main advocate for bringing them to Atlanta. It wasn’t until the mid-’90s when we started bringing them to Atlanta. We were interested in developing a relleno recipe that was different from the rellenos in New Mexico and that appealed to our Southern market.

I've written about the rellenos for years and have often eaten them constantly throughout the month. Don't miss 'em. They only ordered 5,000 lbs.

(If you want to read more about the chiles themselves, check out "A Summer from Scratch." Who knew one of the delectable chiles contains six times more Vitamin C than an orange and causes weight loss?)

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