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See What Julia Roberts and the Eat.Pray.Love. Gang Ate at French Laundry

The “oysters and pearls” dish that Keller and Hollingsworth opened with. Photo: Debora Jones

Julia Roberts, Billy Crudup, Javier Bardem, Richard Jenkins, and 20 other members of the cast and crew of Eat.Pray.Love. ate a grand feast at The French Laundry last night, winding up a Napa Valley press junket for the film. Though we can’t provide you with any audio or video of Julia groaning with pleasure over her “coffee and doughnuts,” we can at least show you the menu of what they ate, from chef Thomas Keller and chef de cuisine Timothy Hollingsworth. Somewhere, cozy in their rich-people beds, they’re all probably still sleeping it off.

Incidentally, Roberts says she gained “ten pounds” while shooting the film in Italy.

“oysters and pearls”
“Sabayon” of pearl tapioca with Island Creek oysters and white sturgeon caviar
Lewis Cellars, Sauvignon Blanc, “Reserve,” Napa 2008

tart of french laundry garden tomatoes
summer squash, burrata cheese, Niçoise olive and garden blossoms
Shafer, Chardonnay, “Red Shoulder Ranches,” Napa 2008

“macaroni and cheese”
Hand-Rolled Semolina Macaroni, Montgomery’s Cheddar and “Sauce Périgourdine”

sautéed fillet of Atlantic halibut
Tomales Bay clams, cauliflower, sultana raisins, Spanish capers and brown butter-sage emulsion
Patz & Hall, Pinot Noir, “Jenkins Ranch,” Russian River Valley 2007

Snake River Farms “calotte de boeuf grillée”
fingerling potatoes, king trumpet mushrooms, Nantes carrots, petit onions and “sauce Bordelaise”
Modicum, Cabernet Sauvignon, “Rutherford,” Napa 2005

Andante dairy “cavatina”
peach cobbler, Piedmont hazelnut streusel, watercress and Australian truffle coulis

mango sorbet
lime-chili granité, Andante dairy yogurt, summer melon and mint

“coffee and doughnuts”
cinnamon-sugared doughnuts and “cappuccino semifreddo”

Valrhona guanaja chocolate “marquis”
Goat’s milk mousse, Bing cherries, Thai long Peppercorns and cassis sorbet


honey-glazed Santa Rosa Plums
pine nut nougatine, mascarpone cream, vanilla-basil ice cream and 100-year aged balsamic vinegar

Eat.Pray.Love. In Napa Valley With Julia Roberts
[ET Online]
Earlier: If You Have the Means, Spend Labor Day With Keller [Grub Street]

See What Julia Roberts and the Eat.Pray.Love. Gang Ate at French