Last evening most of the Dallas food related media was treated to an evening at Private Social with Padma Lakshmi, the super sweet model/actress turned hostess of Top Chef. She started her career as a model at a young age to pay off her student loans, and continued as a cookbook author and eventually actress.
Today we know Padma best as the sultry voice of Top Chef, but I cannot help but think of her role on the television program Star Trek Enterprise. Last evening, however, we were treated to a very different Padma. This one was repping a line of high end espresso machines, the Nepresso.
After sampling hoards of appetizers prepared by chef Tiffany Derry, and cocktails laden with the special espresso elixir made by Private Social beverage director Rocco Milano, we were swept away to the private parts of the restaurant where the crowd was put through its paces learning about the machine’s processes in making a perfect cup of espresso or latte. We would all be rewarded for this time with a gift bag containing one of the machines and all of the accessories we had been so lusting for.
I was offered some alone time with Padma but didn’t think she would appreciate some of the questions I might have for her, like her marriage with Salman Rushdie or how a Carl’s Jr burger coaxed her from vegetarianism. I chose instead to sit back and enjoy my Nepresso martini and ogle the object of my affections from a few feet away.
I actually own the very Nepresso maker they offered the group last night, the Pixie, which was passed out as we left the restaurant. Especially awesome was the giant gift bag of accessories and recipe book that was included to make the perfect morning wake up call or cocktail. I am offering this windfall to you today and one lucky winner will make off with all by including a small comment below. I will personally hand deliver or ship all this coming weekend. We will award the prize Friday afternoon.