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Aug 14, 2014 10:17 PM

NM Hatch Chile Roastings in SD

World Foods, Sprouts, and Bristol Farms have fresh hatch chilies now, but I've only found one roasting event within San Diego city limits. I know of some north and south of the city, but not in the city itself.

My frozen stash of roasted NM chilies is almost gone.

Any help? I know I can roast my own on a grill, but the ones done in a proper tumble roaster taste better than what I can do.

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  1. Bristol Farms stopped doing the roasting event here a few years back. Not enough interest. I got the impression that happened with Whole Foods as well. Surprised that there isn't at least one Sprouts locally that is doing it, though.

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    1. re: RB Hound

      That's interesting because the one event I *thought* is scheduled in town (this year anyway) is at the Bristol Farms on Genesee. Just learned of it today and put it on my calendar. I'll have to double-check.

      I'm also surprised about Sprouts. The last they did a roasting was two years ago, and from what I've heard, they don't plan to this year.

      1. re: DoctorChow

        That is correct, DoctorChow - September 13. I misread their advertisement, because usually they highlight the La Jolla events for me and they didn't this time.

        1. re: RB Hound

          If I can't find something before then, I go to that one. Thanks for checking.

    2. Northgate on 43rd has been roasting this year. I think they're still within city limits, but maybe not.

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      1. re: DiningDiva

        Well, if it's not in the city it's close enough. Hadn't thought of Northgate. I'll call them. Thanks.

      2. Might try swinging by the Little Italy Mercato on Saturday. They have had a roasting setup in the past.

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        1. re: foodiechick

          That's a thought, and even if there isn't a roasting going, that's my favorite farmers market. Good suggestion. TY.

        2. Sprouts/Henry's in Chula Vista have roastings scheduled. In old Chula Vista off J Street, it's tomorrow and Sunday. Next weekend, they are roasting at the Eastlake location.

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          1. re: Susangria

            So if Sprouts is having a roasting at their Chula Vista location, why not at their other stores, like the one on Genesee? Maybe the person I spoke with there hadn't heard about it yet. They didn't do one last year, though.

              1. re: Cathy

                Thanks, Cathy!

                Looks like I missed the roasting at the Northgate that's on 43rd, but they're going to have one at their University & 54th location on Aug 24. So that's an option to Bristol Farms.

                I didn't see any scheduled Sprouts roastings in SD on the Sprouts link, though.

                1. re: DoctorChow

                  Oops...just saw that. My brother told me there was going to be roastings...and he had been on travel to Las Vegas and had that flyer...

                  Well, we can buy them raw there for a good price.


              2. re: DoctorChow

                Because Chula Vista has a large, built-in population of people who use chiles and roasted chiles on a regular and on-going basis. Most other neighborhoods in SD, particularly those north of the 54, do not.

                Call Pancho Villa on El Cajon Blvd. and see if they're going to do it. I don't recall they ever have but it is a Boney family market, so they might.

                1. re: DiningDiva


                  Pancho Villa is another potential spot, yes. I'll call them. Thanks.

                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    Interesting, never knew it was a Boney family market. Love that little store!

              3. I found this link to the OCWeekly which has a schedule for So Cal roastings:


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                1. re: Susangria

                  Thanks Susangria. Right now I have my sights on either the Northgate on Univ. Ave this weekend, or the Bristol Farms in Univ. City mid-September.

                  BTW, I asked at the local Sprouts on Genesee near Balboa why they weren't having a roasting and they said it had to do with getting a permit. Boo, hiss. (Not at them -- at the permit.) At least this time (Sunday) they had tons of fresh "hot" hatch chilies, so I bought a bundle for the freezer.

                  1. re: DoctorChow

                    BTW: DC,

                    At the Sprouts in Santee out of the 'mild' bin,

                    I got one of the hottest anaheims I've ever tasted!

                    Get ready...d;^)