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Next Restaurant in Chicago Announces 2015 Menus

The three menus for the year are Bistro, Tapas, and Terroir.

Ever elusive, always surprising chef Grant Achatz and his team have just announced the menus for 2015 at Next. The ever-evolving restaurant concept revealed its plans on Facebook this morning. For the first third of the year, the menu concept is Bistro, for which the restaurant will "embrace the more casual side of Parisian dining culture. With the great flood of 1910 behind them, Parisians embraced the Bistro. In 2015, Next will as well." Every week new items will be revealed on a chalkboard menu. Specials and supplements will be presented table-side each evening. Next's Bistro menu will run you $80 to $120 per person, with supplements ranging from $15 to $75.

The middle part of the year brings a Spanish twist to Next in the form of Tapas: From May through September diners will be treated to "a few dozen bites... satisfying the savory, salty, bitter, and sweet." There will be sidewalk seating on nice days, and the memo reads, "make new friends, visit the kitchen, maybe even dance (?!)." The Tapas menu starts at $70 on the low end and reaches $110 on especially popular evenings.

Finally, indulge at Next from September through December 2015 for the menu titled Terroir. Yes, it's a wine-focused menu that will feature "classic dishes from... Burgundy, Alsace, Bordeaux, Chianti, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, California, Washington State." Achatz and company are planning to play with "the juxtaposition of New World and Old World wines with dishes from the precise area where the grapes are grown and vinified." The 15 course menu includes at least 10 wines (plus "a few surprises"). The price tag matches the luxury: $295 to $355 per person, all inclusive.

Season ticket holders will receive an email alerting them to renew for the new year this Thursday. The general public gets a chance to bid on tickets beginning this Saturday, December 6.

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