As Arizonans begin counting down the days to cooler weather, Food City and Bashas’ supermarkets, together with Blue Clover Distillery and Mark Tarbell, look forward to turning up the heat in kitchens across the state. The Arizona grocers, along with Old Town Scottsdale’s first small-batch distillery and the state’s celebrity chef, are on a search to find the best #HatchAtHomeAZ recipes featuring the celebrated Hatch Green Chile, which is in season now through mid-September, and is available at more than 100 Food City and Bashas’ stores throughout the state.
Whether with seasoned skills or new-found talents, from now until Aug. 31, Arizona’s home cooks ages 21 and older are invited to test their culinary creativity in the #HatchAtHomeAZ Challenge by coming up with their best at-home recipes using Hatch Green Chiles. Arizonans can enter their red-hot recipes by posting a public photo or video on their favorite social media feeds for a chance to win using #HatchAtHomeAZ. For additional creative inspiration, Blue Clover and Tarbell’s will be offering special Hatch Chile menu offerings at their restaurants, for a limited time.
The grand prize includes a variety of at-home cooking supplies; a trio of gift cards from Bashas’/Food City, Tarbell’s and Blue Clover; and a VIP experience, including a tour of Blue Clover’s Old Town Scottsdale distillery, a Blue Clover Cocktail Kit, and two VIP tickets to the Third Annual Hatch Green Chile Roast with a bottomless mimosa or Bloody Mary brunch for two and samplings of Hatch Chile food items and cocktails during the distillery’s event on Sept. 25, 2021 (total prize valued at $1,000).
Recipes will be judged for creativity, heat level and overall description by Weston Holm, Co-Founder of Blue Clover Distillery; Mark Tarbell; and Johnny Basha.
Now to mid-September 2021: Hatch Chile season
Now until Aug. 31, 2021: #HatchAtHomeAZ Recipe Contest
Sept. 3, 2021: Grand-prize winner of the recipe is announced
Hatch Green Chiles, along with a variety of Hatch Chile items, are available at more than 100 Bashas’ and Food City locations throughout Arizona.
For Hatch Chile restaurant menu offerings at Tarbell’s and Blue Clover Distillery:
· Tarbell’s, 3213 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018
· Blue Clover Distillery, 7042 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
The Hatch Green Chile harvest has become a culinary celebration in the Southwest. Fresh, authentic Hatch Green Chiles can add flavor to any at-home meal, from cheeseburgers to enchiladas. The harvest timeframe is limited, so many people stock up during the season and freeze Hatch Chiles so they can use them year-round. Besides being tasty, green chiles also have many health benefits.
According to Comfy Living, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are both cooking (54%) and baking (46%) more than ever before. Consumers report cooking an average of six dinners at home a week, compared with 3.8 weekly home-cooked dinners in a 2018 survey. The pandemic-fueled interest in new recipes, habits and skills appear likely to last as consumers participate in more cooking projects at home.