Global cuisine paired with a martini

By Debbie Hall

In March 2009, restaurateurs and chefs Jose Luis and Catherine Pawelek opened Elements Kitchen and Martini Bar in the Spanish Trail area of Tropicana Avenue and Rainbow Boulevard. A global couple with ties to Holland, Argentina, the Caribbean, New Hampshire and Florida, these two have defied the odds and created an upscale eatery that also encompasses the feel of a neighborhood gathering place where everybody knows your name.

Along with upholding the tradition of the Rat Pack era of the 1960s with their martini bar (318 choices and counting), Elements offers its concept menu of combined cuisines and uses social media to post specials on Facebook, Twitter and text messages.

“Our menu is what happens when you take tropical Floribbean, flavorful Asian, wood grilled South American and the classics and create a fusion of flavors and styles with a dose of fun. We call it comfort food with a touch of sophistication,” Jose Luis Pawelek said.

Along with serving tapas, seafood, grilled meats, pasta and vegetarian dishes, desserts (made with less processed sugar) are featured. According to Catherine Pawelek, also the pastry chef, Jose Luis excels in baking bread. “You will enjoy Jose Luis’ home-made Artisan breads, served with chutney and infused oils,” she said.

During the month of March, Elements is celebrating their two year birthday/anniversary and anyone who brings in a card will receive a gift. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 5-9 p.m. and Friday to Saturday, 5-9:30 p.m. and closed on Sunday.

Elements Kitchen and Martini Bar

4950 S. Rainbow Blvd.