Stop the presses!
Of my Top 5 “Culinary Experiences I Must Do Before I Die”, dining at The French Laundry would sure be near the head of that list. I won’t bore readers with my speculations of what a Life Changing Experience would occur at The French Laundry. I simply offer this excerpt taken from their site:
“Every day we create two unique nine-course tasting menus–chef’s tasting and a tasting of vegetables–each a series of smaller focused dishes. No single ingredient is ever repeated throughout the meal. What we want you to experience is that sense of surprise when you taste something so new, so exciting, so comforting, so delicious, you think, “Wow” -and then its gone. We want to the peak sensation on the palate to be all that you feel. So we serve a series of small courses meant to excite your mind, satisfy your appetite and pique your curiosity. We want you to say , “I wish I had just one more bite of that.” And then the next plate arrives and the same thing happens, but in a different way, a whole new flavor and feel and emotion.”
And the Mastermind behind it all….Chef Thomas Keller.
What some may not know is that Chef Keller served as a consultant on Pixar’s Animated Film, “Ratatouille”. If you take a close look at the film, you’ll see quite a parallel to Chef Keller’s own kitchen and even the plating of ratatouille to boot!
And finally, if you haven’t seen the episode of a Cook’s Tour with Anthony Bourdain when he dines at The French Laundry for the first time, then settle on down and check out this clip. I can almost guarantee that you will be calling every day after to try and get reservations.
So until next Wednesday, I will sit anxiously for the show!