The French Laundry is an American restaurant located in Yountville, California, in the Napa Valley. The chef and owner of the French Laundry is Thomas Keller.
The restaurant is a perennial top five finisher in the annual Restaurant Magazine list of the Top 50 Restaurants of the World, and in 2006, it was awarded three stars in the inaugural Michelin Guide to the Bay Area and has been reviewed by the New York Times.
A few weeks ago, I got a text message from one of my best friends in Florida, Lyta, asking, "Should I make reservations at French Laundry?", my immediate reaction was, "No, it's too expensive!". I had only heard stories from my friends about how they've spent $7000 on a bottle of wine, and how even though the base cost per person is $240, many end up spending $1000-$2000 per person. Later that day, however, I received a devastating phone call telling me that … more