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El Cosmico invites you to a culinary weekend of Big City Camp Cooking, exploring the roots of West Texas' flavor with renowned chef Lou Lambert. Join them as you cook, eat, and enjoy the idyllic high plains desert town of Marfa and see how the landscape and culture of this unique place influence its rich culinary heritage. You are promised to have a weekend to remember!
Situated on the outskirts of Marfa, El Cosmico is an 18-acre trailer, tent, and teepee hotel and campground. It is the second home to intrepid travelers and wanderers from all corners of the world. El Cosmico offers wide open spaces, a vast canopy of stars, and an inexplicable peacefulness not found in many places in the modern world.
This 3800 square foot apartment is located above Maiya’s Restaurant and offers an expansive retreat that is similar in spirit to El Cosmico, but with more walls. The unit has two bedrooms with king beds and private bathrooms, as well as generous living, kitchen and dining rooms, panoramic windows, and the elegant convergence of art deco and West Texas minimalist design. The Brite Building apartment also offers daily housekeeping and a well-stocked minibar.
Each wall tent is 120 square feet, and has wood floors, and durable canvas walls and doors. Safari tents come equipped with queen beds, a chair, simple lighting, and an electrical outlet for charging devices. In the winter, beds are heated with electric mattress warmers. They provide linens and towels for use at the adjacent bath house.
El Cosmico provides the earth, you provide the shelter. Tent camping includes access to their communal spaces and bath house.
Each of their tepees, with a diameter of 22 feet, has brick floors and offers a queen bed with heated mattress pad, love seat, and small daybed, as well as lighting and an electrical outlet for charging devices. They provide linens and towels for use at the nearby bath house.
Vagabond. Kozy Coach. Imperial Mansion. An armada afloat on a vast sea of desert. Their trailers from the heyday of nomadic recreation have been restored with marine-varnished birch interiors, furnishings collected from around the world, and amenities for a comfortable camp experience. Each trailer has a unique combination of cooking, dining, sleeping, bathing, and recreational features, and comes equipped with air-conditioning and heater, refrigeration, basic cooking supplies, and a radio with wireless iPod connectivity.
All of their trailers come stocked with a dry goods minibar that includes some of thei favorite items to: camp with, cook with, keep you hydrated, caffeinated, and fill the need of salty, sweet, and spicy cravings you are bound to have in the high dessert. Also included, you will find items to cure your desert hangover, wash your dirty body, light your evening hang out session around the nearest picnic table, and supplies for rolling your own herbal smoke. Robes, bath towels, and locally-made shampoo and conditioner are provided. Wireless internet does not reach the trailers by intention. Wi-Fi is available at the lobby headquarters.
Their yurt, with a diameter of 22 feet, has wood floors and offers a queen bed, writing desk, and sofa for lounging, as well as lighting and an electrical outlet for charging devices. They provide linens and towels for use at the nearby bath house.
Over the course of the weekend’s activities, Lou will share his dynamic combination of rural and urban influences and show you how Texas cuisine has evolved from cowboy cooking to haute cuisine. Activities for this holiday include a welcome reception on Friday night, intensive workshopping on Saturday, along with a cook-out dinner at the Bunkhouse Ranch, and a camp breakfast on Sunday. You will also have time to explore the art and culture of Marfa on you own or simply relax in El Cosmico’s hammock grove.
Lou Lambert is the creator of several award winning restaurants in Texas, including Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue and Jo’s Hot Coffee Good Food in Austin, Lambert’s Steaks, Seafood and Whiskey, and Dutch’s Hamburgers in Fort Worth. In addition to his restaurants, Lambert works with his sister, Liz Lambert, on food and beverage programs in her hotels. Lambert is a frequent guest chef instructor at cooking schools at Central Market, Whole Foods, Market Street, and Lake Austin Spa and Resort. He has also written a cookbook, Big Ranch, Big City, out on Ten Speed Press.
Marfa, with a population of 2121 inhabitants, sits at a unique crossroad, where rural ranching culture and an international art Mecca converge. The town is equally influenced by its cattle ranching legacy, its proximity to Mexico, and the vibrant migration of artists from big cities who have been drawn to Marfa since the early 1970s for its serenity and mystic quality of light. Here, you will see a real cowboy and a major work of art in the same afternoon. What is now desert was once ocean, dinosaur homeland, and Apache territory. There is talk of an inexplicable, elusive phenomenon of lights. Marfa sits amidst some of the Southwest’s best natural and built wonders, including Big Bend State and National Parks, McDonald Observatory, Chinati Hot Springs, the Davis Mountains, and Balmorhea.
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You will be having a cook-out dinner at the Bunkhouse Ranch on Saturday and a camp breakfast on Sunday. The food you will be cooking is heavily influenced by Lambert's Texas / Southern heritage. You will enjoy learning to cook Texas cuisine that has been evolved from cowboy cooking to haute cuisine.
Participants will have time to explore the art and culture of Marfa on their own or simply relax in El Cosmico’s hammock grove.
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