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Dinner for Two

  |  By Jennifer Haskett

{Welcome to The French Laundry, Yountville, California.)

At Weddingbells we believe your honeymoon should be all about YOU. Meaning you and your groom. Your trip, of course, should be tailored around your likes and personalized to experiences you both want to share. For some it’s adventure, for others its sun and surf. For me and my husband, it was heading to California for a total food and wine experience. A trip of a lifetime, we filled our itinerary with wine tours, local restaurants, markets and a stop in San Francisco. But our biggest and most exciting addition to the itinerary came when we received confirmation of our reservation at The French Laundry! Foodies out there know it’s a tough reservation to get as bookings for the 62 seats open two months to the day and are often completely taken within the first hour. So you can imagine how excited we were to know we would be dining there on our first day as Mr. & Mrs.

The daily menu. Photography courtesy The French Laundry.

A Relais & Chateaux property, The French Laundry is world-renowned and the proud recipient of three Michelin stars. Chef & owner Thomas Keller is the only U.S. chef to hold multiple Michelin three star ratings and twice had The French Laundry recognized as the best restaurant in the world!

Greeted at the door as though we were regulars, we were seated at our ultra-romantic table and presented with the menu for our dinner. And what a dinner it was! Champagne in hand, we began with Keller's signature salmon coronets and worked our way though the menu (created daily) to our final (and my personal favourite) course: dessert. Keller’s “coffee & donuts” are a cult classic and although not on the menu can be prepared if requested. After 12 courses and five (yes, five!) hours of dining, we were gifted with shortbread and a quick tour of the famous kitchen, where we met Chef de Cuisine Timothy Hollingsworth. Full, happy and newlywed, we bid adieu to The French Laundry and Napa, promising ourselves an anniversary return in two years.

{ The famous “coffee & donuts”}

{Our parting gifts.}

This article was originally published on Dec 15, 2010

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