The Trail

Silvana Salcido Esparza of Barrio Cafe Makes Tamales

We're going behind the scenes and getting up close and personal with some of the Valley's favorite chefs, learning what it takes to make one of their best-known dishes. Welcome to The Trail.

"I don't eat tamales all year long, so when I do, I go with lard," says chef Silvana Salcido Esparza as she gets ready to start cooking.

On a cool Monday afternoon the James Beard Award-nominated chef's Barrio Cafe is empty. And in the kitchen, there's nothing except for an extensive mis en place for making a classic holiday dish.

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