If there is one thing we love, it’s preserving the weirdness of the desert by thinking outside the box and keeping it underground.  No, literally, we really mean underground this time…

Our latest obsession over here at the CVAS headquarters is keeping tabs on what High Desert Test Sites is up to.  They are constantly inspiring us.  This weekend is no different.  We got word of an event that really caught our interest and had the urge to share it with you all; FULL MOON RAMEN.

Not only are we self proclaimed “foodies” over here at the CVAS, but we are also proud hopeless romantics.  So of course a dinner under the moonlight in the middle of the desert sounded like a little piece of heaven.  Plus, after you add in the special ingredients;  Bob Dornberger, Jim Piatt and Wonder Valley into the pot, you’ll have some fantastically original food for thought to warm the soul.

To my fellow foodies & adventure seekers, check it out:


full moon ramen in wonder valley

High Desert Test Sites is eager to welcome Secret Restaurant’s newest iteration, Full Moon Ramen:
a one night event that will feature a menu of Japanese ramen noodles, to be eaten under the light of afull moon in the desert night. Join us at Secret Restaurant, notoriously difficult to find, but well worth the hunt. Located in an area of wide-open desert just east of Iron Age Road in Wonder Valley, FullMoon Ramen will be open for one night only, Saturday, March 15th, and will be the site of a hybrid event of sculpture, food, and performance.

Secret Restaurant by Bob Dornberger and Jim Piatt is an experimental, irregularly scheduled, and impossibly small underground ‘restaurant’ that explores current trends in the underground food movement in the US. Billed as the world’s tiniest restaurant, it is only 16 square feet. Drawing inspiration from ‘secret’ menu items, underground dinner clubs (like Wolvesmouth and the invitation-only Totoraku), and the work of Rirkrit Tiravanija, the project speaks to what Mission Street Food’s Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz called the “sportification of food.”

The project aims to be aggressively marketed, but at the same time difficult to get to, to find, and to see on any satellite maps. Neither is it a comfortable situation for the diners or the cook—there are no chairs or tables to sit at, and the cook prepares food in a small bunker-like steel building. There is a gold-leafed dining room, but with only the barest hint at a structure, so as not to appear on satellite imagery.

Secret Restaurant debuted last fall at HDTS 2013, when it served up gourmet fare to over 150 diners in three days.

full moon ramen in wonder valley

About Bob Dornberger:
Bob studied sculpture and sound design at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute, and he is interested in the intersection of food and anxiety in America. Bob works and cooks in Los Angeles.

About James L. Piatt:
Jim is a conceptual artist and a construction and real estate consultant. He has worked in post-graduate studies at Yale University and holds a BA and MFA in the Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego.

About High Desert Test Sites:
Founded in 2002, High Desert Test Sites is a non-profit arts organization that pays tribute to inspirational figures in our surrounding community and generates dialogue and reciprocal exchange with international contemporary artists and critical thinkers whose practices transcend traditional art world formats. Over the last twelve years HDTS has endeavored to encourage experimental art that engages with the world at large. We support and draw attention to independent projects that happen outside of the auspices of larger institutions and challenge artists and audiences to expand the definition of art to take on new areas of relevancy.

For more information please email us at info@highdeserttestsites.com

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