Bulverde – In the central Texas town of Bulverde, Hatch is a happening hot spot. “This is my home away from home right here. It’s my little happy place,” said customer Susan Smith.
Catalina Ortiz owns Hatch. “It is important that it’s good because I like good and I like food,” said owner Catalina Ortiz. Originally from Monterey, Mexico Catalina came to Texas after living in California for a few years with her family. It’s safe to say she likes Texas. “We came to Texas all the time and California is too far. I don’t want to say too much about California, but it’s too far,” said Catalina.
Catalina came across an opportunity when her family moved to Bulverde and hatched a plan to become a baroness of brunch. “I bought the business. The business was called Hatch 5 because the former owner had five kids. I just have four, so I didn’t want to move it to Hatch 4, so right now it’s Hatch,” explained Catalina. “It’s unbelievable to me that I have something on my own. Never thought,” stated Catalina.
Catalina also never thought about how much work owning her business would be. I mean this ain’t no wine mixer. “Well, it was very exciting, but then I didn’t realize how much work it could bring in. Sometimes I just have two people, I just have two hands. Whatever I can do with these two, I’ll do,” stated Catalina.
Well, those hands have created some amazing flavors including a sandwich that’s stacked with ham and brie. “I love cheeses and I like brie, and so I start just browsing around, things here and there, and I put it together,” explained Catalina.
Catalina got things started with some fresh bread that is freshly baked in house. Once mayo is added, Catalina spreads on a unique pesto made out of jalapenos. “The traditional pesto is with basil, but there’s one, it just came, we roast our jalapeno, fresh jalapeno, and then we blend them with olive oil and walnuts and garlic and spices, and then we spread that on the sandwich,” explained Catalina. “Then I’m going to add a few apples. Oh, you’ll see it. It’s very nice. And then this is the jelly that we make in house. It’s a pineapple jalapeno jelly,” explained Catalina as she put together the sandwich. As the sandwich starts to toast, you can’t help but notice the brei begs for mercy under the heat.
The first thing you notice when you sit down with a ham and brie is the brie just filling up the air, along with that warmed up ham. For my first taste, I want to make sure that I get bite full of brie and I did! As you bite down into that ham and brie sandwich, the flavors just start to explode. From the brie to the pineapple jalapeno jelly, the ham, the bread, it all just explodes. And then you have the apple on top of it. Just amazing flavors!
“There’s a whole cornucopia of flavors going on there,” said customer Alan Whiting.
It’s awesome, as you get into that soft cheese and you get that brie flavor and then out of nowhere, you’ll bite into that apple and it’ll be crunchy, and just add a little bit of sweetness. And then there’s the jalapeno pesto. There are so many flavors in this sandwich.
“You always just expect sweet with ham and brie, and then that kick just comes in and slaps you,” said customer Anna Hepp.
Well, if you’re a big fan of big flavors, the ham and brie sandwich is right up your alley. The jalapeno pesto, that jalapeno pineapple jam makes such an incredible, big flavor, and that’s well worth a stop on The Texas Bucket List.
“You’re not going to get any better food anywhere. I don’t care what you pay for it,” said Susan.
“More than proud, I’m happy, because at the end of life it was given to me, this opportunity,” expressed Catalina.