El Paso’s Elemi restaurant featured in Padma Lakshmi’s new food show

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Maria Cortes Gonzalez, El Paso Occasions
Printed 10:09 a.m. MT June 4, 2020

An El Paso restaurant will likely be featured in a brand new present that highlights the nation’s variety.

In a trailer for her new meals present, Padma Lakshmi says “this alone is cause to return to El Paso.”

Lakshmi, an actress and cookbook creator famed for internet hosting “Prime Chef,” is speaking about Elemi, a family-owned restaurant that has been in enterprise for simply over a 12 months.

The restaurant will likely be featured on the premiere episode of her new collection “Style the Nation,” on the Hulu streaming service. The collection, a culinary-inspired street journey throughout the USA, premieres June 19.

Emiliano and Kristal Marentes, the homeowners of the Downtown restaurant, mentioned they’re enthusiastic about being included in a present that showcases completely different cultures and variety in the USA via meals.

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“The purpose of her go to was for Padma to seek out out what American meals means to immigrant and indigenous communities in the united statesA. Padma wished to function a dish which finest represents our institution, to raised perceive our immigrant group, our connection to Ciudad Juárez, and our relationship with the native meals tradition,” Emiliano Marentes mentioned.

Marentes mentioned her go to allowed them to indicate how their restaurant idea is deeply rooted within the Mexican tradition and their relationship with El Paso’s sister metropolis of Juárez.

The phase will likely be a highlight on how “our group is gorgeous and superb and the truth that most of us both are youngsters of or associated to immigrants,” he mentioned.

The couple confirmed Lakshmi the way to grind nixtamal into masa for selfmade blue-corn tortillas, and she or he helped make their El Campesino tacos. The tacos are made with confit portobello mushrooms, grilled eggplant, avocado, queso and black beans within the blue-corn tortillas.

Marentes mentioned the couple couldn’t assist however be a bit star-struck with the TV character, however added she is rather like she seems on tv.

“I keep in mind years in the past being a cook dinner and watching her on ‘Prime Chef.’ She was humble, very clever, variety and throughout a cool individual,” he mentioned. “I actually felt I used to be hanging out with one other chef.”

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María Cortés González could also be reached at 915-546-6150; mcortes@elpasotimes.com; @EPTMaria on Twitter.

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What:Elemi

Deal with: 313 N Kansas St.

Dine-in hours beginning Friday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday via Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Data: 532-2090 

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