Camp Cooking in West Texas with Chef Lou Lambert
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 us as we 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.
Lambert grew up in West Texas, spending summers on the family cattle ranch where he developed a passion for food while hanging out with the ranch cook. He carried these formative experiences with him through training at the illustrious CIA in New York and a successful career working in and owning restaurants in Texas and around the country. “Just because I moved away from the ranch doesn’t mean I lost any passion for my family’s food. Once I trained at culinary school, I found a way to take the food of my heritage to a higher level, marrying generations of Texas/Southern/ranching culture with classic culinary training to produce a style of cooking all its own.” Over the course of the weekend’s activities, Lou will share this dynamic combination of rural and urban influences and show us how Texas cuisine has evolved from cowboy cooking to haute cuisine.
Activities for Big City Camp Cooking 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. Get the full schedule here - participants will also have time to explore the art and culture of Marfa on their own, or simply relax in El Cosmico’s hammock grove.
Who's Running the Show?
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 & 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 written a cookbook, Big Ranch, Big City, out on Ten Speed Press.
Marfa: Where it's at.
Marfa is a town of 2121 in the heart of the Trans-Pecos region. It sits at a unique crossroads where rural ranching culture and an international art Mecca converge. The town is equally influenced by its ranching roots, its proximity to Mexico and the vibrant migration of artists from big cities that has been happening there since the early 1970's.
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.
Is this for me? Yes.
Who should attend a Camp Cooking? Everyone! All that's required is a love for food, fun and adventure.