The Alps. South America. October 28, 1996. The Next themes for 2016 were announced yesterday afternoon on Facebook, and they cover a wide range of cuisines. First up is the Alps, which will focus on cuisine from "the mountain regions of Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria and France." We've already spotted Next chefs working on strudels and tableside raclette via Instagram, to give you an idea of what will be served. The tickets will be $95–$125.
The summer menu is Tour of South America, which will feature "fresh seafood, exotic fruits and spices, and some standby favorites that have traveled the world." The walk-up patio will return as well, with a la carte options available. Tickets are $85–$115.
The year closes with October 28, 1996, the day Grant Achatz began working at Thomas Keller's French Laundry in Napa. The menu recreates the French Laundry menu from that date, when Achatz and his father dined at the restaurant. Tickets are $255–$285.
Season tickets go on sale to 2015 season ticket holders on December 9 and to everyone else for season tickets on December 11. Get them here.