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Next's Fall 2016 Menu Will Honor The French Laundry Circa 1996

Season tickets for the Chicago restaurant go on sale next week.

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The next step in Next's evolution has been revealed, and chef Grant Achatz will take his cuisine to Europe, South America, and Napa Valley in the coming year. Three new 2016 menus have been announced, and season ticket renewals go on sale via Tock at 10 a.m. CT on Wednesday, December 9.

The winter and spring menu will focus on The Alps, offering "the amazing cuisines of the mountain regions of Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria and France." The comfort food and hearty beverages will run between $95 and $125 per tasting menu for season ticket holders. In the summer, Achatz will serve a Tour of South America, merging native South American foods with Spanish, Italian, African, and Asian influences. Achatz claims the result "is a cultural cornucopia of fresh seafood, exotic fruits and spices, and some standby favorites that have traveled the world." The summer season ticket price will range from $85 to $115, and a la carte street food offerings on the Next patio are in the works, as well.

Inside The French Laundry's kitchen, mid-1990s [Photo: The French Laundry/Facebook]

Inside The French Laundry's kitchen, mid-1990s [Photo: The French Laundry/Facebook]

Perhaps Achatz's most personal menu to date will debut in the fall, titled "October 28th, 1996." It will celebrate the 20 years since the chef's first day at Thomas Keller's celebrated Napa Valley restaurant The French Laundry, and it's been approved by Keller himself. On October 28, Achatz will recreate the meal he and his father shared at The French Laundry on the same date two decades earlier — "Get ready, TFL is coming to Next." This date is also just a year before then restaurant critic at the New York Times Ruth Reichl called The French Laundry "the most exciting place to eat in the United States." Season ticket prices will range from $255 to $285.

On Friday, December 10, at 10 a.m., 48 hours after season ticket renewals end, Next will open ticket sales to the general public. The restaurant claims to have more tables offered than 2015 subscribers "to ensure there is availability for newcomers."

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