Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Except when you’re the Governor, right Gavin? Hypocrite.

From the NAPA TOURIST GUIDE: https://www.napatouristguide.com/blog/2018/6/26/the-french-laundry-is-it-worth-it-and-other-frequently-asked-questions

...PRE-COVID-19 RESERVATIONS: They open reservations on the 1st day of every odd month (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sep, Nov) at 10:00 am PST. It's a bit confusing but on January 1st they open reservations for March and April. On March 1st they open reservations for May and June. You MUST book via their website, forget about calling them and trying to skirt the system. And you MUST be ready to book at 10:00 and I suggest you be very flexible as to your times and dates as you snooze, you lose. ...

FAQ: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO DINE AT THE FRENCH LAUNDRY?

The French Laundry costs $350 per person to dine and there are two set menus, the Chef's Tasting (meat and seafood) and the Tasting of Vegetables. It's 9 courses, not including the opening "appetizers", aka Amuse Bouche. Wines by the glass are around $35 for whites and $45 for reds (more or less) and there is no set "wine pairing" option. Bottles are hundreds of dollars, perhaps best for when someone else is paying, and corkage fee $150 per bottle. Figure a glass of champagne to start, a white, a red, be ready to drop $300 per couple on wine as the starting point.

While the menu is "set" you can upgrade certain courses which can add another $100 or more to each persons bill. In the end, set aside $1,000 for dinner for two and if it goes over a bit just go with it - it's only money.

MORE TASTING OPTIONS AT THE FRENCH LAUNDRY

Other options for those wanting to truly “treat yourself” include dining inside the historic dining room (Covid permitting) for $850 per person, a limited White Truffle and Caviar dinner on Nov. 19th, 2020 and Dec. 17th for $1,200 a person, and for those hoping to celebrate the end of 2020 you’ll want to reserve the New Years Eve Dinner for $800.