Texas Toast Culinary Tours Offers Big Bend Adventure
If, perchance, you don’t have $9,500 handy to spend on the Marfa, TX Experience – one of the magnificent Fantasy Gifts included in the just-released 2010 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book – don’t fret. Texas Toast Culinary Tours is here with an-also fabulous, more affordable Marfa solution.
The new NM Christmas Book asks, “How did a quiet West Texas town of 2,121 become a thriving international hub for art, culture, architecture, and nature?” It’s a great question, and one that Texas Toast Culinary Tours’ concierge team is answering on its Marfa/Big Bend Culinary Road Trip, October 27-31. And at a fraction of the fantasy gift price.
You’re guaranteed an endless supply of spectacular desert and mountains in the Trans-Pecos, good times with fellow food lovers, and a chance to explore art and much more in the towns that make the magical West Texas badlands one of Texas’ most special assets. And naturally, we’ll be enjoying edibles exceeding anything in your wildest dreams – and many of our gatherings will take place at El Cosmico, the hottest new cultural destination in Marfa.
Here’s the lowdown.
When: Wednesday evening, October 27 until Sunday morning, October 31.
Where: Overnights in Marfa, with side trips to Fort Davis, Marathon, Alpine and Big Bend National Park
Getting there: Transport to Marfa is on your own. If you don’t want to drive to Marfa, fly to Midland-Odessa or to El Paso and rent a car for the three-hour drive.
Staying: Options include (all area codes 432) El Cosmico (729-1950, www.elcosmico.com); Hotel Paisano (729-3669, www.hotelpaisano.com); Thunderbird (729-1984, www.thunderbirdmarfa.com); and Riata Inn (729-3800; www.riatainn.com). There are plenty of guest houses found at www.marfacc.com.
Eating: It’s 4-plus days of gustatory pleasures! Among indulgences will be a cocktail party with chef Lou Lambert’s appetizers at El Cosmico; dinners at Marfa’s primo restaurants, including Blue Javelina and Cochineal; brunch at Austin Street Café; a cooking class with Lou at El Cosmico; a gourmand’s picnic in Davis Mountains State Park; a creekside evening steak dinner at the CF Ranch with owners of Reata in Alpine and Fort Worth; a Gage Hotel/Marathon picnic with wine in Big Bend National Park; and a Lambert’s/El Cosmico dinner under the stars you’ll never forget. *
$695 – Sign up today at www.texastoastculinarytours.com/road_trips.html
(Note: Price includes all food, beverage, guiding, on-site transport. Lodging and transport to Marfa are extras.)
* Vegetarians and special diet requests can always be accommodated on Texas Toast’s events, and guests who are abstaining may always inquire about the fee for participating in Feeding Frenzy events, sans alcohol.
Questions? Give us a shout at or call us at 817-239-1634 or 817-228-5220. Read more about our tasting adventures at www.texastoastculinarytours.com, and follow us on Facebook, too.
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About Texas Toast: A Fort Worth-based culinary tour outfit with deep roots in the Lone Star food and wine world shows cuisine-savvy people in Texas how to find more to love about the food and wine originating here. Founded in 2009 by well-known dining critic, cookbook author and food/travel journalist June Naylor, Texas Toast shows food lovers where the taste thrills await and who makes food and wine around here downright artful.
Texas Toast partner Cynthia Wahl, a longtime colleague of June’s from the Star-Telegram and a graphic designer, helps craft these culinary adventures. Together the pair is plotting paths that the demanding palate will devour with pleasure.
Among the popular events offered by Texas Toast is a series of tasting tours. Each is called a Feeding Frenzy, created for locals and visitors who want a behind-the-scenes look at the most popular restaurants, wine outfits, food producers and brewers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The typical Feeding Frenzy outing happens once to twice a month, giving guests a chance a chance to eat one small course, with a special wine or cocktail pairing, usually at three different places. Participating restaurants are linked by neighborhood or cuisine, and guests get face-time with chefs, who talk about what inspires them and how their creations come to life.