Firefighters Take Over Restaurant For Unique Fundraiser

Top Quote Costa Mesa Squad Serves Up Good Fun at Z'Tejas To Kick Off Chile Fest. End Quote
  • Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA (1888PressRelease) August 24, 2011 - While their skills are better suited toward putting out flames instead of cooking with them, members of the Costa Mesa Fire Department will nonetheless take over Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill at South Coast Plaza for a special fundraiser. Approximately 12 firefighters will arrive in grand style aboard their rig with Fire Chief Kirk Dominic leading the brigade on Wednesday, September 7.

    From 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., they will take over positions in the kitchen and on the floor to kick off Chile Fest, a fundraising program held Sept 6 - 25 whereby $1 from the sale of each item off the special menu will benefit the Costa Mesa Firefighters Widows & Orphans Fund. In addition, the firefighters will donate any tips they earn to the fund. The event will serve as the official kickoff for Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill's annual Chile Fest, an homage to the Hatch, New Mexico annual event that has been going on for decades.

    According to General Manager Jeffrey Grasso, the fundraiser is a great opportunity for the public to give a big thanks to the brave men and women who serve Costa Mesa.

    "We hope the community comes out in a show of force for this fun and worthwhile event," he said.

    Added Paul Kim of the Costa Mesa Fire Department, "This is a great opportunity for the community to come out and show their support for the widows and orphans of fallen firefighters."

    For more information, call (714) 979-7469.

    Commemorative 9/11 memorial 10-year anniversary T-shirts will be available for purchase during the Sept. 7 kick-off event at Z'Tejas to raise money for the FDNY Fire Family Transport Fund. The T-shirts can also be purchased online at

    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).

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