First off – I would just like to inform you of how much I envy you. 99% of people will never have the opportunity to have such a prestigious dining opportunity. I do, though, have to a few tips on how to get the most out of your meal:
- Forget everything you think you know about food, cooking, chefs, and any other dining matters
I know this is easier said than done. In an ideal world, I would like to practice the technique in every moment of my life. By setting aside all of your past experiences, knowledge and expectations, you enable yourself to experience the dining experience for what it truly is.
- Give up all control
Thomas Keller and his elite staff clearly know what they are doing. They also have a tremendous amount of passion for what they do. When a diner comes into a restaurant and simply request that they wish to receive whatever courses the chef recommends paired with whatever wine the sommelier recommends, they are sure to receive the most premiere available. Also, many chefs will often view this as a challenge.
- Learn about the history of The French Laundry
I am a firm believer that by obtaining knowledge on any particular culture/establishment/person/anything enables one to gain an understanding, appreciation and passion for these things. My first suggestion recommends setting aside any prejudices you may subliminally have. What I am recommending here is different. By learning about how remarkable Thomas Keller as a chef is, his life story and the history of The French Laundry, it will allow you to appreciate your experience that much more. The French Laundry got its name from the history of the building it currently resides in. When searching for the building that would be his dream restaurants home, he narrowed his selection down to two historic buildings – a former brothel and a former French steam laundry. There is an abundance of additional information available at your fingertips if you would like to learn more.
Whether you decide to act on my recommendations or not, I wish you nothing short of a life-changing, majestic experience.