Milpa is a new Mexican small-plates restaurant and cocktail bar by Chef Elia Herrera, a third-generation chef and classically trained pastry chef. She owns and operates Colibri and Tecolote restaurants in downtown Toronto and is a former contestant on both Top Chef Canada and Top Chef Mexico. The stunning dining room features turquoise-lit arches while the bar takes centre stage embodying the importance of community and celebration. The seasonal menu focuses on Mexican techniques and local ingredients. Must tries include Cochinita Pibil Panuchos, Rajas Poblanas and Tres Leches. General manager Franz Swinton (Anejo) is a pioneer in Calgary’s cocktail scene and bar manager, John Fairholm has more than 20 years in the hospitality industry. He created the cocktail program at Milpa, showcasing beverages weaved with Mexican stories and traditions. Milpa is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.