On April 1st, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Downtown Management District is hosting the first ever Downtown Living Tour. Presented by Mattress Firm, the tour will showcase eight residential properties in various stages of development. The public will be able to take more than a peek inside these properties for a taste of what it’s like to live downtown.
Speaking of “taste”, each of the eight sites will offer food and refreshments from neighborhood restaurants and eateries as part of the $15 ticket package. A shuttle will be provided to take each participant from site to site.
Nolita Corner Bistro will be serving their food at the Campbell Apartments. “We’re serving our Crispy Shrimp Appetizer, it’s a phyllo wrapped shrimp that’s fried and served with Thai honey sauce. So it has a tiny bit of sweet and a tiny bit of spice in it. It’s got the right amount of crunch and taste,” said restaurant owner, Teddy Herrera.
The Tap is serving their very well-known nachos at the Savoy Apartments. They speak for themselves. It’s important to note the food will be bite-sized so the public has enough room to enjoy eight different flavors at eight different locations.
The International is serving their dish at the Abdou building. “The dish is a Poke, which is a yellow-fin tuna that’s been marinated in ponzu and it has purple Okinawan sweet potatoes, fresh cucumber, fresh cilantro, pickled red onions, and a cirano aioli,” described Chef Michael Diaz de Leon.
Juan Zavala, co-owner, along with Fernando Gonzalez, of the food truck, Smash & Roll will be serving tacos at the Franklin Avenue apartments. “We will be serving tacos topped with pastor, cilantro, diced onion and pineapple with buche, or carnitas, or asada,” said Mr. Zavala.
Down in Union Plaza, at The Mix, Tabla will be serving their Bacon Wrapped Dates. Sous-chef at Tabla, Jason Lucero told us what goes into their bite-sized dish, “We take fresh dates and we wrap them in bacon. We fry them and the fat that gets rendered off is absorbed by the date so when you take that bite it gives it that smooth feel to the mouth. We plate it with a little bit of arugula, candied pecans and we top it off with pecan syrup.”
“I think it’s a good time for El Paso, and the past year has proven businesses can survive in downtown,” said Lucero.
Essex Alley, also in Union Plaza will have a trio of snackable offerings by the Dark Horse Tavern such as: Cochinita pibil tacos topped with pickled onions and orange habanero salsa. Roasted mushroom and cauliflower topped with cheese and salsa de arbol. Green chorizo nachos topped with pickled jalapeno cheese and avocado lime crema.
At the Martin Lofts, a.k.a. ElectriCity, Mac’s Place will serve their special shrimp cocktail. Co-owner Gelaine Apuan explains what goes into it, “We don’t put celery in it, we put cucumbers, and whole shrimp. It’ll be nice and cool for the hot weather outside. Our food is all homemade and we do everything from scratch.”
“If we want to bring people downtown or, to live downtown, we have to serve good food. This is the best job ever because everyone always says, ‘Thank you,’ and they’re happy,” said Apuan.
The Roderick Artspace Lofts will see local restaurant Delight serving bite-sized slider portions. The restaurant is literally only one block away – quite convenient for hungry tenants already living in the housing development.
Tickets are no longer available for presale but can be purchased on the tour itself. Just go to any of the eight locations and wait for the shuttle. Tickets will be sold on the shuttle itself.