The 2016 menu themes for Chicago’s acclaimed Next have been announced: In the winter and spring, Grant Achatz will focus on the Alps (“cuisines of the mountain regions of Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria and France” and “more than fondue”), and in the summer, he’ll cook food inspired by the “diverse cuisines of South America.” But for those saving up, the fall menu seems to be the most exciting: It’s titled “October 28th, 1996,” and it will “faithfully recreate” a meal that Achatz ate with his father on his first day working at Thomas Keller’s the French Laundry. Keller has even found time to personally approve the tasting menu, which will cost from $255 to $285. Tickets go on sale to season-ticket holders on December 9, and on December 11 for plebeians.
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