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?
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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.
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.