The Capri, Marfa The Capri, Marfa
The Capri, Marfa The Capri, Marfa
The Capri, Marfa The Capri, Marfa
The Capri, Marfa The Capri, Marfa

A cultural desert

14 : 12 : 2016 Whole-system Thinking : Marfa : The Capri

Texas – The new tasting menu at The Capri is inspired by the ancient cuisines of the Marfa region.

  • Head chef Rocky Barnette previously worked at the Michelin-starred The Inn at Little Washington
  • The restaurant and event space is owned by arts and culture philanthropist, and partner to Barnette, Virginia Lebermann

Prickly pear wine, marigold vinaigrette and toasted Oaxacan grasshoppers are among the unusual ingredients that feature on the ‘pre-conquest’ tasting menu, which is inspired by the landscape and traditional cuisines of Marfa.

The small desert city is globally renowned as an arts and culture hub, but the surrounding desert landscape is unable to sustain many varieities of animal and plant life.

Barnette was inspired to develop the menu following a hike around the neighbourhood with Lebermann, where they found glyphs and arrowheads from ancient civilisations. ‘It came out of these conversations where he was evolving these ideas about where we were and what it was like thousands of years ago,’ Lebermann told The New York Times.

The Big Picture

Brands are tapping into ancient culinary wisdom to unlock the benefits of a simple, all-natural diet. To find out more, read our Ancient Appetites microtrend.

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