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Apr 8, 2010 08:47 AM

Pondering the French Laundry--what season to go?

Figuring I'll only have one chance in my lifetime to dine at the French Laundry (expense and effort), I'm thinking the time to try is for my 40th bday! However, then I was thinking perhaps early September is not the best time of year to savor the artistry of ingredients. So then should I instead push for my life's one visit to be in spring (mid-April) for our 10th wedding anniversary? (haha, clearly I'm considering the FL to be a special occasion restaurant)

My question to you Chowhounds--those who've dinned at chez Keller and those who are informed on the seasonality of the land and sea--which is the more flavorful and/or interesting time to dine at the French Laundry? Spring or late summer/early fall?

The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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  1. I have not been, but I think a lot of that depends on what seasonal produce you enjoy most. Personally, September is one of my favorite times to dine in California because it's peak heirloom tomato season, which I absolutely love, followed by late winter/early spring for blood oranges.

    1. September is my absolute favorite time of the year at the farmer's market in California, so I bet that whatever they do with the French Laundry garden produce then is fantastic.

      The French Laundry
      6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

      1. agree that September would be the biggest bounty for fresh local variety of fruit/veg!

        1. You have three replies for September but personally, I am more fond of late October/early November as that is when they bring in more game meat and white truffles from Italy. September is a little too early in the season for those items.

          Spring is also pretty exceptional.

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          1. re: CarrieWas218

            that would also depend on buddget, as while i'm sure truffle season would be the best time of year to go to the french laundry, it'd also be even more expensive, by quite a bit.

            1. re: vulber

              Yes, I'm sorry I don't remember how much my white truffle supplement was when I had it in the Fall of 2007. It was either $50 or $150...