No, there will be no breach of child labor laws despite the fact that 10 youth volunteers from the nonprofit Team Kids will take the place of servers, hosts, food runners, busboys and even chefs on Wednesday, September 5 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. to kick off a 3-week fundraiser at Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill at South Coast Plaza. The event is being held to launch Chile Fest, the restaurant's homage to the Hatch, New Mexico festival that for more than 4 decades has celebrated chile peppers and the versatile role they play in the culinary world. Available from Sept 4-23, $1 from each item sold on the Chile Fest menu will be donated to Team Kids, a nonprofit based in Irvine that encourages local youth to become involved in community and charitable work. Executive Chef Daniel Stevens said that each item from the special menu will contain at least 1 type of chile pepper.
For reservations to the Chile Fest kickoff event for Team Kids, call (714) 979-7469.
Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill offers a wide array of fresh, flavorful and innovative menu items inspired by culinary influences from Louisiana, Texas, California and Mexico. The restaurant’s interior features an exhibition kitchen, private dining room, mahogany bar, wrought iron detailing, handcrafted tile work, copper accents, jewel-toned fabric lined booths and flattering amber-colored lighting. Al fresco dining is available on the restaurant’s 85-seat heated patio. Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill is open daily for lunch and dinner; half-price appetizers and drink specials are offered during happy hour. Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill is located on the east side of South Coast Plaza (3333 S. Bristol Street, Costa Mesa).