The French Laundry


San Francisco Restaurants Are Seeing Stars. Michelin Stars, That Is.

The Michelin Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country Restaurants 2011 was released today, and while not everyone is happy about it, we’re here to herald the good news, starting with the fact that both The French Laundry and The Restaurant at Meadowood earned three stars. Restaurants honored with a pair of stars are Coi, Cyrus, and Manresa. [...]

Hundred-Layer Lasagne and Other Over-the-Top Signature Dishes

To stand out from the crowd and please the most passionate foodies, many restaurants have focused their efforts on creating a signature dish, one that is singular in execution and gets buzzed about for any number of other reasons. It could be because of a blend of lavish ingredients (such as the db Burger at [...]

James Beard Foundation Awards 2010 Winners: Congratulations!

Earlier this week, the James Beard Foundation announced the winners of their prestigious awards for 2010. They include: BEST NEW RESTAURANT: * Marea, New York, New York Chef/Partner: Michael White; Partner: Chris Cannon OUTSTANDING CHEF AWARD: * Tom Colicchio, Craft and Colicchio & Sons OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF AWARD * Nicole Plue, Redd, Yountville, California OUTSTANDING [...]

What It’s Like to Work at The French Laundry; Batali Goes Green

* It’s tough to get a reservation at The French Laundry, but it’s even tougher to work there. [Financial Times] * …although the commute is probably tougher if you work at the world’s most remote restaurant. [Gizmodo] * Mario Batali is known for his orange Crocs, but his restaurants, including Del Posto, Lupa, Osteria Mozza, [...]

James Beard Foundation Awards Nominees 2010: Congratulations!

The list of James Beard Foundation Awards nominees for 2010 has been released. Congratulations to everyone whose hard work and great talents have been recognized by the industry’s most prestigious organization. The winners will be announced on May 3, 2010, but there aren’t any losers in this round-up. Nominees include: BEST NEW RESTAURANT * Bibou, [...]

Restaurant News Roundup: 1834 Bar & Burger Means Business; The French Laundry Is Memorable; Cecconi’s Does Sunday Suppers; Le Gavroche Kicks Off Lobster Festival, and More

The latest news about top restaurants on OpenTable… * It’s not the world’s biggest burger, but 1834 Bar & Burger in New York’s Financial District is serving a 10 pounder for $75. [Eater NY] * Is Absinthe in San Francisco considering moving to bigger digs? [Grub Street San Francisco] * Brother Jimmy’s BBQ restaurant is [...]

Chef Watch: Bauer and Co.’s Rising Star Chefs 2010; How Wolfgang Became a Brand; Nobu’s Rise to the Top; Ed Brown’s Loves; Susur Lee’s Chicken Feet; David Myers on Sona’s Shuttering, and More

Chefs making food and news… * San Francisco Chronicle executive food and wine editor Michael Bauer and his colleagues select the Bay Area’s Rising Star Chefs for 2010. Included are John Paul Carmona (Manresa), Perry Hoffman (étoile), Timothy Hollingsworth (The French Laundry), and Charlie Kleinman (Wexler’s). [San Francisco Chronicle] * Wolfgang Puck, whose restaurants include [...]

Top 50 Restaurants with the Best Service: Diners’ Choice Awards 2010

Everyone at OpenTable values superior service when dining out, so we are thrilled to announce the 50 restaurant winners of OpenTable’s 2010 Diners’ Choice Awards for Best Service. Derived from nearly four million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 10,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, this list consists [...]

Chef Watch: Michael Voltaggio Cooks and Tells; New York Post Has a Beef with Alain Ducasse; Norman Van Aken Opens His Recipe Book; The World’s Most Influential Chef; Charlie Trotter’s New Hire, and More

Chefs making food and headlines… •    Michael Voltaggaio, winner of season 6 of “Top Chef” shows football fans how to have a very molecular gastronomic Super Bowl party. Does that mean deconstructed nachos? [Los Angeles Times] •    Speaking of Chef Voltaggio, who is chef de cuisine at The Dining Room at The Langham, he answers [...]