The French Laundry

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The French Laundry
The French Laundry.jpg
Exterior of The French Laundry
Restaurant information
Established1978
Current owner(s)Thomas Keller
Head chefThomas Keller
Food typeFrench cuisine with American influences
Dress codeJacket required
Rating3 stars (Michelin Guide)
Street address6640 Washington St
CityYountville
StateCalifornia
Postal code/ZIP94599
CountryUnited States
Seating capacity60
Website

www.frenchlaundry.com

French Laundry
The French Laundry is located in California
The French Laundry
Location6640 Washington St., Yountville, California
Coordinates38°24′16″N 122°21′50″W / 38.40444°N 122.36389°W / 38.40444; -122.36389
Area0.4 acres (0.2 ha)
Built1900
Governing bodyPrivate
NRHP Reference #78000728[1]
Added to NRHPApril 19, 1978
 
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The French Laundry
The French Laundry.jpg
Exterior of The French Laundry
Restaurant information
Established1978
Current owner(s)Thomas Keller
Head chefThomas Keller
Food typeFrench cuisine with American influences
Dress codeJacket required
Rating3 stars (Michelin Guide)
Street address6640 Washington St
CityYountville
StateCalifornia
Postal code/ZIP94599
CountryUnited States
Seating capacity60
Website

www.frenchlaundry.com

French Laundry
The French Laundry is located in California
The French Laundry
Location6640 Washington St., Yountville, California
Coordinates38°24′16″N 122°21′50″W / 38.40444°N 122.36389°W / 38.40444; -122.36389
Area0.4 acres (0.2 ha)
Built1900
Governing bodyPrivate
NRHP Reference #78000728[1]
Added to NRHPApril 19, 1978

The French Laundry is a French restaurant located in Yountville, California, in the Napa Valley. The chef and owner of the French Laundry is Thomas Keller. The restaurant building dates from 1900, and is in the National Register of Historic Places.

The French Laundry is frequently honored by inclusion in the annual Restaurant Magazine list of the Top 50 Restaurants of the World (having been named "Best Restaurant in the World" in 2003 and 2004). Since 2006, it has been awarded three stars in the Michelin Guide to San Francisco. It received a favorable review in The New York Times[2] and was called "the best restaurant in the world, period" by Anthony Bourdain.[3]

History of the building[edit]

The building was built as a saloon in the 1900s by a Scottish stonesman for Pierre Guillaume. When a law was passed in 1906 prohibiting sale of alcohol within a mile of a veteran's home, Guillaume sold the building.[citation needed]

In the 1920s, the building was owned by John Lande who used it as a French steam laundry, which is the origin of the restaurant's name.

In 1978, the mayor of Yountville renovated the building into a restaurant. Don and Sally Schmitt owned the French Laundry for much of the 1980s, and the early 1990s. In 1994, Keller bought the restaurant.

In 2004 the restaurant installed a geothermal heating and air conditioning system.[4]

Cuisine[edit]

This vegetable tasting menu was one of three menus available for Sunday December 4, 2005

Every day, the French Laundry serves two different nine-course tasting menus, none of which uses the same ingredient more than once.[5] During the holiday season, the restaurant may offer special dishes. The most-current menu (as of Feb. 9, 2014) has priced their meals at $295 USD per person, including gratuity for the base meal, not including additional supplements such as Russian caviar and truffles.[6]

The food is mainly French with contemporary American influences, giving rise to such unique specialties as Cuisse de grenouilles sur un bâton (frog's legs on a stick).

Staff[edit]

Notable alumni of the French Laundry's kitchen staff include Grant Achatz of Alinea, Eric Ziebold of CityZen, Jonathan Benno of Lincoln Ristorante, René Redzepi of Noma in Copenhagen, Clay Miller of Trummer's on Main, Ron Siegel of The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton, and Duff Goldman. Current Chef de Cuisine Timothy Hollingsworth won the Bocuse d'Or USA semi-finals in 2008,[7][8] and represented the U.S. in the international finals in January 2009, placing sixth.[9]

The restaurant is open for dinner every evening, and lunch is also served Friday through Sunday. They also typically close for 1–2 weeks each winter and summer.

Other locations[edit]

In February 2004, Thomas Keller opened the East Coast version of his Yountville restaurant, which he named Per Se. The kitchens of both restaurants are connected via a real-time video feed on a television screen.[10]

Awards and accolades[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "The French Laundry – Reviews and Ratings of Restaurants in Napa Valley – New York Times Travel". The New York Times. Retrieved April 28, 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations episode "Las Vegas," 2005
  4. ^ Friedman, Gabe (February 8, 2004). "Famed eatery seeks alternative energy source". Napa Valley Register (Napa, CA: Lee Enterprises, Inc.). Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Menus & Stories". Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.tkrg.org/upload/fl_menu.pdf
  7. ^ Wells, Pete, The New York Times (September 28, 2008). French Laundry Sous Chef Will Represent U.S. in Bocuse d’Or
  8. ^ Cowin, Diana, Food & Wine (February 2009). Competing at the Bocuse d’Or: Team USA’s Unbeatable Recipes
  9. ^ Sciolino, Elaine, The New York Times: Diner's Journal (January 28, 2009). The American Chef Comes in Sixth
  10. ^ Zimmer, Erin (May 29, 2009). "Per Se's Kitchen, Still Well-Stocked and Watching the French Laundry on Flat-Screen TV | Serious Eats : New York". Newyork.seriouseats.com. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ Culinary Hall of Fame Induction
  12. ^ "San Francisco 2013 Michelin Guide; Michelin Travel & Lifestyle". Michelinguide.com. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°24′16″N 122°21′55″W / 38.404459°N 122.36521°W / 38.404459; -122.36521