nick simonite

Things are really heating up at El Cosmico, a quirky lodging and community space in Marfa, Texas, three hours
nick simonite
southeast of El Paso and three hours southwest of Midland/Odessa. The colorful array of restored vintage trailers, safari tents and tepees, all available for overnight stays, has been a beacon of creativity since opening in 2009. Starting this spring, El Cosmico will offer a series of culinary weekends designed to explore the rich geographic and cultural roots of the local high-desert-plains cuisine. Led by acclaimed Texas chef Lou Lambert, each Big City Camp Cooking weekend begins with a Friday-night reception replete  with margaritas, quesadillas and tacos, as well as background on the region. You put your skills (or soon-to-be skills) to the test the following day with a series of intensive culinary workshops that result in a cookout dinner at El Cosmico’s McKnight Ranch. Expect dishes like wood-grilled rib-eye steaks and slow-roasted leg of lamb with zesty chimichurri. Sunday’s so-long meal is a typical Texas feast heavy with buttermilk biscuits and grits. Throughout your stay, there’s ample opportunity to explore downtown Marfa or to simply cool down in the shade of El Cosmico’s hammock grove.

Big City Camp Cooking weekends are March 8-10, May 31-June 2 and Aug. 9-11 and run $250 a person, not including lodging;
www.elcosmico.com