The homecoming will feature some of the Lone Star State’s best chefs and benefit a local nonprofit.
El Paso, Texas, is far from everything but it is close to my heart. My wife’s parents are from El Paso and my time in the city has never been anything but amazing. The food and the people are some of my favorite in the Lone Star State. The city has also produced some of Texas’ best chefs, some of whom are friends I have made in my professional life.
You can imagine then how the recent massacre of Americans and Mexicans at an El Paso Walmart affected people I know and love and myself. The chefs from El Paso I know are doing something to help their hometown. They’re collaborating on the seven-course Family Meal benefiting Annunciation House in El Paso. The dinner, which will be held Thursday, October 10, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing in nearby Sunland Park, New Mexico, will include passed appetizers, wine pairings, and a musical performance from Jim Ward formerly of At the Drive-In.
The chefs set to cook are Gabe Erales and Alan Delgado of Comedor (Austin, Texas); Andre Natera of Fairmont Austin (Austin, Texas); Danny Calleros of Ardovino’s Desert Crossing (Sunland Park, New Mexico); Fermín Núñez of Suerte (Austin, Texas); Jake Rojas of Tallulah’s Taqueria (Providence, Rhode Island); Omar Flores of Whistle Britches and Muchacho (Dallas); and Rico Torres of Mixtli (San Antonio, Texas).
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for a meet-and-greet mixer with chefs around open fires, followed by a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and dinner. Tickets are $225 per person. More information can be found here.
Photography: Courtesy Kamahele/Wikicommons, Courtesy Giant Noise, Courtesy José R. Ralat