It’s the hottest time of the year, in an important way—Hatch chile season is here. There are lots of Orange County options for restocking your freezer with this New Mexico specialty. Don’t miss the classic Hatch sauce recipe with deep New Mexico provenance that I ran in Taste of Orange County during last year’s harvest. A list of roasting dates and locations follows; call individual stores to confirm chile availability and roasting times.
Friday, Aug. 14: Ralphs in San Clemente, 903 S. El Camino Real, 949-361-8729.
Saturday, Aug. 15: Northgate in Anaheim, 6991 Lincoln Ave., Buena Park, 714-252-8022; and Ralphs in Huntington Beach, 5241 Warner Ave., 714-377-0024.
Sunday, Aug. 16: Northgate in Anaheim, 929 S. Euclid St., 714-991-1950.
Friday, Aug. 21: Ralphs in Huntington Beach, 19081 Goldenwest St., 714-960-8756.
Saturday, Aug. 22: Ralphs in Tustin, 13321 Jamboree Rd., 714-544-0491.
Sunday, Aug. 23: Northgate in La Habra, 580 W. La Habra Blvd., 562-691-8032; and in Santa Ana, 770 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana; 714-775-5555.
Saturday, Aug. 29: Gelson’s in Irvine, 5521 Alton Pkwy., 949-551-6093; and in Newport Beach, 1660 San Miguel Dr., 949-644-8660. Also, Ralphs in Costa Mesa, 380 E. 17th St., 949-645-8282; and in San Juan Capistrano, 31874 Del Obispo St., 949-661-6101.
Sunday, Aug. 30: Ralphs in Anaheim, 711 S. Weir Canyon Rd., 714-283-8711; and in Villa Park, 17801 Santiago Blvd., 714-998-0041.
Saturday, Sept. 5: Bristol Farms in Newport Beach, 810 Avocado Ave., 949-760-6514.
Saturday, Sept. 12: Gelson’s in Dana Point, 24 Monarch Bay Plaza, 949-488-8147.