Quick 6 – Meet Ezzy.

If you were to look up the definition for the word commitment in the dictionary, I’m pretty sure you would find the name Isaias “Ezzy” Anguiano. As a Lead in our kitchens, his commitment to family, friends and to STONEFIRE are second to none, and we are extremely honored to call him family.

Isaias is without a doubt the longest standing Team Member at STONEFIRE. Starting with Mary before STONEFIRE was even a thought, his commitment surpasses many. When asked just how long he has been working with the Harrigan family, Ezzy replied with a smile, “I stopped counting after 30 years.”

His dedication was evident upon my arrival to the restaurant, as I found him working hard behind the grill, and with a little (or a lot) of nudging, I was able to drag him out to the patio for our interview. As we sat down, I learned that this humble, hardworking father of two can truly touch you with his thoughtful answers and encouraging stories of growing up in Mexico with 7 (yes, 7!) siblings. I learned quite a bit about Ezzy’s story, but what I loved most is learning that family values are at the core everything he does.

Team Member: You’ve obviously done an incredible job raising 2 [independent] kids. What is the key to strengthening a family?

Ezzy: That is a good question. I never want them to feel like they need to leave. In the Mexican culture, we like to keep our kids close. You know, they are still my babies, and I don’t want to see them go, so we [he and his wife, Anna] make them feel wanted.

TM: Since you’re the king of all things grill…Tri Tip, Chicken or Baby Back Ribs?

Ezzy: I like all of them. I don’t know which one I like most. We eat chicken a lot, but I always like eating the Tri Tip and Ribs. When I go on vacation for a few weeks every year, I always want STONEFIRE. You miss it when you’re gone.

TM: What is one thing you learned from your dad that you’ve tried to pass along to your kids?

Ezzy: I think one thing he taught me was how to work. My dad was a farmer, and he worked everyday. I learned that from him.

TM: Did you and your dad cook at home? What was his best meal?

Ezzy: My family is very traditional, so I learned how to cook from my Mom. When I go on vacation to visit her, she always makes my favorite meal [chile rellenos], and even though I am old, she likes to say that I am still her baby.

TM: I’m sensing a theme here 🙂

TM: When you were a kid, what did you want to grow up to be?

Ezzy: Growing up, I always dreamed of being a truck driver. I never thought I would be a cook. That was always considered girls’ work, and the boys would go to the farm. But, when I was younger, I started working as a dishwasher, and I slowly made my way up to being a Kitchen Manager.

TM: What is your favorite thing about working for STONEFIRE?

Ezzy: I think my favorite thing about working for STONEFIRE is having fun! If you don’t have fun, you will look for something else or you wouldn’t be happy. If you have fun, you will be happy and smile all the time.

For the record, this is a guy who smiles A LOT 🙂 We couldn’t be more grateful for Ezzy’s loyalty, passion and incredibly hard work over his countless years with us.

 

 

Si fuera a buscar la definición de la palabra “compromiso” en el diccionario, estoy muy seguro de que encontrará el nombre de Isaías “Ezzy” Anguiano. Como uno de los jefes en nuestras cocinas, su compromiso a la familia, sus amigos y a STONEFIRE son segundos a ninguno, y nos sentimos muy honrados de llamarlo familia.

Isaías es, sin duda, el miembro más mayor de nuestro equipo en STONEFIRE. Comenzando con María antes de que STONEFIRE siquiera era un pensamiento, su compromiso supera muchos. Cuando se le preguntó cuánto tiempo ha estado trabajando con la familia Harrigan, Ezzy respondió con una sonrisa: “Me dejó de contar después de 30 años.”

Su dedicación fue evidente a mi llegada al restaurante, como lo encontré trabajando duro detrás de la parrilla, y con un poco (o mucho) de codazos, tuve la oportunidad de sacarlo al patio para nuestra entrevista. Cuando nos sentamos, me enteré de que este humilde padre, trabajador de dos realmente te puede tocar con sus respuestas bien pensadas e historias alentadoras de crecimiento en México con 7 (sí, 7!) hermanos. Aprendí un poco sobre la historia de Ezzy, pero lo que más me gustó es el aprendizaje que los valores de la familia están en el núcleo de todo lo que hace.

Team Member: Usted ha hecho obviamente una increíble trabajo criando a 2 niños [independientes]. ¿Cuál es la clave para el fortalecimiento de una familia?

Ezzy: Esa es una buena pregunta. No quiero que se sientan como que necesitan salir. En la cultura mexicana, nos gusta mantener a nuestros hijos cercas. Ya sabes, no dejan de ser mis hijos, y no quiero verlos partir, por lo que [él y su esposa, Anna] hacer que se sientan queridos.

TM: Es conocido como el rey de todas las cosas de la parrilla … Tri Tip, Pollo o Costillas?

Ezzy: Me gusta todos. No sé cual me gusta más. Comemos pollo mucho, pero siempre me gusta comer Tri Tip y las Costillas. Cuando me voy de vacaciones por unas semanas cada año, siempre quiero STONEFIRE. Lo echa de menos cuando se va.

TM: ¿Cuál es una cosa que aprendió de su padre que usted les ha tratado de transmitir a sus hijos?

Ezzy: Creo que me enseñó a trabajar. Mi padre era un agricultor, y trabajó todos los días. Eso lo aprendí de él.

TM: ¿Usted y su papá cocinaban en casa? ¿Cuál era su comida mejor?

Ezzy: Mi familia es muy tradicional, así que aprendió a cocinar de mi mamá. Cuando me voy de vacaciones a visitarla, ella siempre hace mi comida preferida [chiles rellenos], y aunque yo soy viejo, le gusta decir que todavía estoy su bebé.

TM: Estoy sintiendo un tema aquí 🙂

TM: Cuando eras niño, ¿qué queria ser?

Ezzy: Siempre soñaba ser un conductor de camión. Nunca pensé que iba a ser un cocinero. Eso siempre fue considerado el trabajo de las mujeres, y los caballeros irían a la granja. Pero, cuando era más joven, empecé a trabajar como lavaplatos, y poco a poco me abrí paso hasta ser un Manager de Cocina.

TM: ¿Cuál es tu parte favorita de trabajar en STONEFIRE?

Ezzy: Creo que lo que más me gusta de trabajar en STONEFIRE es divertirse! Si usted no tiene la diversión, se le busque otra cosa o que no sería feliz. Si usted tiene diversión, será feliz y sonreír todo el tiempo.

La verdad es que Ezzy es el tipo que sonríe mucho 🙂 No podríamos estar más agradecido por la lealtad de Ezzy, su pasión y trabajo muy duro durante sus innumerables años con nosotros.

xo – STONEFIRE Grill

Celebrate YOUR Hero.

To our hero and biggest fan, the one who taught us so many of life’s earliest lessons. Well, maybe understanding that that classic rock band is “the greatest band of all time” wasn’t exactly THAT important, but learning to change a tire can be “a matter of the utmost importance”, should the need arise. Right, Dad? 🙂

These incredible men are all of our fathers, and this Sunday is one that’s all about him. It’s our chance to return the favor and celebrate the heroes in our lives. What better way to show our appreciation than a perfectly BBQ Tri Tip, rack of Baby Back Ribs and a side of creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes?

Bring the whole family together and join us for lunch at any of our seven Southern California restaurants located in Orange County, Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, too.

xo STONEFIRE Grill

Quick 6 – Meet Chandler.

Meet Chandler! He’s an original member of the STONEFIRE Family, having worked with Mary well before STONEFIRE even began. Chandler was 16 when Mary hired him, and now, 21 years later, he continues to bring a sense of joy, fun and authenticity to everyone he meets.

Currently a manager at our Fountain Valley location, both colleagues and guests alike look forward to seeing and interacting with him each and every day. We’re proud to have “grown up” with this guy – not only a beloved member of our team, but a charismatic, devoted and caring individual who lifts up others around him.

Upon my arrival to the restaurant, I was instantly greeted with Chandler’s signature smile and warm eyes, both of which make you feel like you’re closest friend. Sitting down for the interview, this feelings continued as he playfully and genuinely answered each one of my questions. Though I’ve only personally known Chandler for a few years now, I walked away from our brief meeting with a new understanding of what makes him the wonderful person he is.

Here’s a quick snapshot for you…

Team Member: What is the most rewarding experience you have had?

Chandler Peck: Probably my surf trips to Mexico would be the most rewarding for me. We’re able to see how really simple things like kicking around a soccer ball with the local kids can totally change their lives. The surf was great, but also heading into town and helping build orphanages or homes and seeing the excitement on their faces. It was always a great experience.

TM: Favorite STONEFIRE menu item?

CP: Do you want to know what I eat every single day? Keep in mind, I’ve been around STONEFIRE for a while now. I eat a half chicken breast (completely plain), or I eat Pepper Garlic Tri Tip. I would say both are my favorites.

TM: Who or what inspires you?

CP: What motivates me or inspires me is regretting or not taking advantage of opportunities that are presented to me.

TM: What was the best vacation you ever had?

CP:  I’ve had a few favorites, but my recent trip to Kauai, Hawaii was one of the better ones I’ve taken. My girlfriend, Leann, and I are very active, and we were able to pack in a lot of excursions in the short time we were there.

TM: What was your favorite sitcom growing up?

CP:This is a hard one because we didn’t grow up watching a lot of TV. When I was really young, I would look forward to watching Saved By the Bell in the morning. That’s probably the show I always watched when I was a kid. I thought it was a funny show.

TM: What has STONEFIRE taught you?

CPNothing. No, I’m kidding! There has been a lot I’ve learned, but the thing that sticks out to me is the details. Every detail matters, even when you might think it’s obvious or common sense. I’ve always been taught that every little thing matters. Everything you teach or are taught is valuable.

xo STONEFIRE

#Freshly Prepared [Chile Serrano]

Meet the newest ingredient to the STONEFIRE Grill menu, the Serrano Chile! This crisp and fiery ingredient is found in our NEW Spicy Cilantro-Serrano Sauce and adds the perfect kick to our Roasted Cauliflower Pita.

 

Known for its burst of flavor and being 5x hotter than the jalapeño, the Serrano Chile adds not only flavor but also nutritional benefits to your meal. This new healthy alternative to the STONEFIRE Grill menu is low in saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol, and it’s a great source of Vitamin E, Iron and Dietary Fiber – all of which help prevent heart disease and cancer. Another added bonus: these nutrients keep you full longer!

Join us for lunch at any of our seven Southern California restaurants located in Orange County, Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley to experience the heat of our Roasted Cauliflower Pita for just $5.99!

It’s tossed with our Spicy Cilantro-Serrano Sauce, Roasted Cauliflower, Lemon Tahini, Chopped Tomato, and Green Onion and served in our FRESHLY imported Jerusalem Pita.

xo STONEFIRE Grill