CALGARY — Milpa, a Mexican small plates restaurant and cocktail bar by celebrity chef Elia Herrera, has opened its doors in Calgary. A native of Cordoba, Veracruz, Mexico, Herrera is a third-generation Mexican chef. Her style is deep with family roots and traditions, where the ingredients are at the heart of her cooking.
Milpa’s design is meant to feel energetic and welcoming. The space reflects chef Herrera’s take on colonial Mexican style. Highlighting the dining room are grand turquoise-lit arches running perpendicular to the room’s depth. The bar takes the stage as it embodies the importance of community and celebration. The restaurant showcases open and semi-private spaces that capture the energy and vibe with a smart and functional layout.
Chef Herrera and her team curated a seasonally driven menu with an emphasis on bringing together the traditions of Mexican cooking techniques with local ingredients to create her taste of place. Chef Herrera sources and mills her own masa and hand-makes the tortillas for the tacos and other dishes. Her signature dishes include her Cochinita Pibil Panuchos, Rajas Poblanas and award-winning Tres Leches pot.