The French Laundry  -  Yountville, California

Restaurant:  The French Laundry, recipient of three coveted Michelin stars, serves French cuisine with a contemporary American twist. The restaurant is located in a 19th century stone building in the Napa Valley town of Yountville, California.

Chef:  Thomas Keller is an American chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author. He is the only American chef to have two restaurants earning three Michelin stars: Per Se (in Manhattan) and The French Laundry (in Yountville).

Butter:  The French Laundry serves two butters: an unsalted quenelle (oval dumpling) and a beehive-shaped salted butter.

Commentary:  "To make butter one must be willing to sacrifice a measure of free will and instead live according to the needs of animals.  Dairy cows must be milked twice each day, every day without exception.  Such commitment manifests in the profound care that Diane St. Claire invests into every aspect of her butter making from the animal’s well being in the fields of Animal Farm to the final enjoyment of her labors at the table.  It was this desire to see that her butter be truly appreciated that prompted Diane to send a sample to Chef Keller.  It was the most extraordinary butter the chef had ever encountered and he immediately offered to take all that Animal Farm produced.  When the opening of Per Se called for additional butter, Diane purchased additional cows to increase production just enough to accommodate the new restaurant, naming one of her new cows “Keller.”" - Thomas Keller Restaurant Group

The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, California 94599
(707) 944 2380

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