Since Chuy's is a relatively new arrival to the Middle Tennessee area, many here aren't familiar with some of their corporate traditions. The Elvis shrines in each location are hard to miss, and the nacho bar in the trunk of vintage cars have quickly become favorite happy hour destinations for many of us. But I was unfamiliar with Chuy's annual Green Chile Festival until I received an email about it, despite the fact that this is the 24th edition of the annual fiesta.
Back in the '80s, the restaurant brought the tasty Hatch chiles from New Mexico to Texas where they gained huge popularity. Now, farmers in the Hatch Valley grow over a million pounds of chiles just for use in various Chuy's locations. At the height of their ripeness in August, the chiles are at their best just in time for the annual festival.
To celebrate, Chuy's is featuring several special dishes utilizing the Hatch until Sunday, Sept. 9. Here are the details:
Chuy’s will be introducing a menu of seven green chile-inspired dishes during the three-week festival, including a Shrimp Tropical appetizer, Green Chile Pork Carnitas and Hatch Beef Flautas. To cool down the palate, Chuy’s will feature the new Frozen Passion Fruit Sangria and a handmade Cucumber Margarita, served on the rocks. The popular New Mexican Martini, made with green chile infused tequila will also be featured during the festival.
In time for election fever, Chuy's has declared the candidacy of Super Pepper for president, and diners will be treated to some freebies such as a Super Pepper campaign bumper stickers and a commemorative button. A limited edition Green Chile Festival T-shirt will also be available for purchase.
Been there. Ate that. Got the shirt.