Elmi stars tonight on 'Top Chef' finale

Nicholas Elmi at Laurel, 1617 E. Passyunk Ave.

After four months, Top Chef's Season 11 finally comes down to tonight's episode (10 p.m., Bravo), in which hometown hero Nicholas Elmi faces off against Miami's Nina Compton in Hawaii, the exotic locale showcased last week.

Elmi (who owns Laurel at 1617 E. Passyunk Ave.) and Compton will be in New York to appear on Watch What Happens Live, immediately following Top Chef.

Elmi's Philly-bred castmate, Jason Cichonski, is hosting a viewing party at his new bar, The Gaslight (120 Market St.). There will be drink specials from 8 p.m. till show time.

As for Elmi's 'hood, East Passyunk: From 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) will host a Twitter party. Those who include @epassyunkave and #passyunk4elmi in their tweets will be eligible to win two tickets to Flavors of the Avenue on Saturday, April 26. Elmi and more than 20 of his East Passyunk’s colleagues will serve food at what is billed as South Philadelphia’s largest outdoor food and drink festival.  Two alternative winners will receive a limited edition, locally made East Passyunk tote bag.

And stay tuned this weekend for Inquirer critic Craig LaBan's review of Laurel.

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