Although “the best restaurant in the world” is closed for a remodel, The French Laundry’s edible garden still will be working hard to supply chef Thomas Keller’s pop-up restaurant (named Ad Lib) at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, CA.
Keller, who closed the restaurant in December to build a new kitchen, plans to reopen The French Laundry later this year (good news for fellow chef Anthony Bourdain, who describes The French Laundry as the best restaurant in the world).
Photographer Mitch Maher visited the three-acre culinary garden last summer during peak season, as the influential restaurant was celebrating its 20th anniversary. Here’s a glimpse of the organic vegetables, herbs, and berries Keller likes to grow for his garden-to-table menus:
Photographs by MB Maher courtesy of A Growing Obsession.
Above: More than 50 garden beds are laid out in a checkerboard pattern, separated by grass walkways. The French Laundry Culinary Garden is across the street from the restaurant at 6640 Washington St., Yountville, CA.
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