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Alinea owner invites Clemson Tigers to Chicago for ‘an actual celebration dinner’

Alinea owner invites Clemson Tigers to Chicago for ‘an actual celebration dinner’
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Following President Donald Trump's fast-food–fueled celebration for the Clemson Tigers last night, Alinea co-owner Nick Kokonas extended a very generous offer to the team via Twitter: "I could care less about college football. But I'm personally inviting the Clemson Tigers team and coaches to Chicago to experience what an actual celebration dinner should be," Kokonas tweeted. "I'm not joking."

Alinea is Chicago's only three-star Michelin restaurant and offers tasting menus ranging from $205 to $395 per person. And for the Clemson Tigers, Kokonas says he'll pull out all the stops with "vintage champagne... for those of age."

Referencing the reported $3,000 that Trump spent on hamburgers, fries and pizza, Kokonas says this culinary adventure will cost "a LOT more than $3k" and told Eater Chicago that he'd coordinate a tour of the group's other properties, including the Office, Next and Roister.

This isn't the only offer the Tigers have received since their White House feast: Ayesha Curry, Michael Strahan and Migos rapper Quavo have also extended dinner invitations to the team. Here's hoping the Tigers get to experience Alinea's edible balloons in 2019.  

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