A Look Inside The French Laundry's 20th Birthday Bash

Hundreds of guests party with caviar, truffles and Champagne
July 7, 2014
by Patty Lee

Over the weekend, Thomas Keller's storied Napa Valley restaurant The French Laundry turned 20 with a blowout birthday party that spanned two days. On the guest list were some of the culinary world's biggest names, from Daniel Boulud — whom Keller once worked for — to mentees like Jonathan Benno (Lincoln) and Gavin Kaysen (Cafe Boulud).

The celebration kicked off with a July 4th anniversary dinner featuring some of Keller's greatest hits, including his signature amuse-bouche, the Salmon Tartare Cornet, and famed Oysters and Pearls. More than 500 guests gathered the following evening for a block party on Yountville's main thoroughfare, where they sipped champagne and downed caviar next to a massive XX ice sculpture. See more highlights from the all-star bash below.

The menu from this weekend's 20th anniversary tasting.
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Guests were greeted with a giant ice sculpture, champagne and caviar.
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Longtime pal Daniel Boulud made the cross-country trip to celebrate with Keller.
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Keller went all out for the party, showcasing some of his greatest hits and lots of luxe ingredients.
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Keller's New York restaurant Per Se also took part in the festivities by making a special cake.
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