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  • Post #481 - April 5th, 2020, 9:40 am
    Post #481 - April 5th, 2020, 9:40 am Post #481 - April 5th, 2020, 9:40 am
    We had Alinea's coq au van last night and it was outstanding. Meal came with chicken thighs, a perfectly balanced sauce with vegetables, a side of their 50-50 mashed potatoes, a salad and pot de creme for dessert.
  • Post #482 - April 18th, 2020, 4:32 am
    Post #482 - April 18th, 2020, 4:32 am Post #482 - April 18th, 2020, 4:32 am
    Apologies if it’s been asked and answered here before...if you opt out of the wine service, what are your beverage options? Just water? Are there other cocktail options? Non-alcoholic options?
  • Post #483 - April 18th, 2020, 12:30 pm
    Post #483 - April 18th, 2020, 12:30 pm Post #483 - April 18th, 2020, 12:30 pm
    abe_froeman wrote:Apologies if it’s been asked and answered here before...if you opt out of the wine service, what are your beverage options? Just water? Are there other cocktail options? Non-alcoholic options?


    During normal service, yes. They have NA pairings. They were delightful when we went for the Vegan Experience.
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #484 - April 18th, 2020, 1:37 pm
    Post #484 - April 18th, 2020, 1:37 pm Post #484 - April 18th, 2020, 1:37 pm
    abe_froeman wrote:Apologies if it’s been asked and answered here before...if you opt out of the wine service, what are your beverage options? Just water? Are there other cocktail options? Non-alcoholic options?


    This is what the website says:
    Beverage pairings are available for purchase at an additional cost. You and your guests are welcome to select pairings at any point in advance, or the evening you dine. Additionally, Alinea offers an extensive list of wines by the bottle or glass, as well as a limited selection of beer, spirits and sake.
  • Post #485 - April 18th, 2020, 7:19 pm
    Post #485 - April 18th, 2020, 7:19 pm Post #485 - April 18th, 2020, 7:19 pm
    Ok, so there's other options and you can get a single glass of wine without committing the whole thing. That's good. I'm not a huge wine drinker, but also don't just want water.

    Found out my friend from the UK will be visiting next spring and Alinea is a must-do for her, so I guess I'm going!! Very excited!
  • Post #486 - May 5th, 2020, 7:36 pm
    Post #486 - May 5th, 2020, 7:36 pm Post #486 - May 5th, 2020, 7:36 pm
    I love Alinea, for its amazingly delicious food as well as its unusual presentation techniques. Eating there is SO MUCH FUN! I wondered how much of the fun and deliciousness could possibly carry over into a carryout dinner, and the answer is, quite a lot! This week, they have a special seven-dish menu to celebrate their 15th anniversary, with some of their most special dishes. They came with detailed instructions as well as a background paragraph about each dish. There was so much food that we split it into dinner on two separate nights. This was a wonderful experience. In the restaurant distancing topic, I posted about how easy the ordering and curbside pickup process was. Here is a gallery of photos, including before-and-after shots for dishes for which some assembly was required (or, as my companion joked, "dinner by Ikea" :) ).

    Blis Steelhead Roe: Coconut Pudding • Carrot • Turmeric • Passionfruit Gel (before assembly)
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    Blis Steelhead Roe: Coconut Pudding • Carrot • Turmeric • Passionfruit Gel (after assembly)
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    Chilled English Pea Soup: Chamomile Compressed Cantaloupe • Yogurt Custard • Nueske's Ham (before assembly)
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    Chilled English Pea Soup: Chamomile Compressed Cantaloupe • Yogurt Custard • Nueske's Ham (after assembly but before I poured all the liquid in)
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    Poached Prawns: Cucumber • Thai Curry Sauce • Mango • Thai Aromatic Salt - The dish of aromatic salt and lemongrass does not get eaten! It heats in the oven alongside the prawns, and is served alongside, to offer the aroma while the prawn dish is eaten.
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    “Rootbeer” of Braised Beef Short Rib: Fennel • Anise • Parsnip
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    Vanilla scented 50/50 "Robuchon Style" Mashed Potatoes
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    Wild Mushrooms and Asparagus: Lapsang Souchong Tea Emulsion • Pickled Allium
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    Chocolate 64% on Your Table: Strawberry • Vanilla • Hazelnut Praline • Blueberry • Lemon (before assembly) - In the restaurant, this dish is prepared (often by Chef Achatz himself) after covering the table with rubbery silicone. A sheet of acetate is included in the carryout kit for the preparation.
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    Chocolate 64% on Your Table: Strawberry • Vanilla • Hazelnut Praline • Blueberry • Lemon (after assembly)
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  • Post #487 - May 6th, 2020, 6:27 am
    Post #487 - May 6th, 2020, 6:27 am Post #487 - May 6th, 2020, 6:27 am
    We had the anniversary meal as well. Surprisingly good value, all things considered. We were more ambitious and tried to make it all the way through in one meal. Unsuccessfully.

    Still no comparison to Real Kitchen's version:

    https://vimeo.com/77976339
  • Post #488 - May 6th, 2020, 6:56 am
    Post #488 - May 6th, 2020, 6:56 am Post #488 - May 6th, 2020, 6:56 am
    The Alinea anniversary dinner looks amazing but that video provided a much-needed gut laugh. When they juiced the chicken...
  • Post #489 - May 7th, 2020, 6:47 am
    Post #489 - May 7th, 2020, 6:47 am Post #489 - May 7th, 2020, 6:47 am
    Luckyguy wrote:The Alinea anniversary dinner looks amazing but that video provided a much-needed gut laugh. When they juiced the chicken...


    Both prophetic and hilarious.
  • Post #490 - May 7th, 2020, 4:44 pm
    Post #490 - May 7th, 2020, 4:44 pm Post #490 - May 7th, 2020, 4:44 pm
    In case anyone was thinking about getting the 15th anniversary dinner but found that it was sold out - they just announced that they are extending its availability through May 20, and I think they expanded the number of slots available, as there are now lots of openings May 10-20. This was such an awesome carryout experience, and a true bargain at $50!
  • Post #491 - May 8th, 2020, 4:37 pm
    Post #491 - May 8th, 2020, 4:37 pm Post #491 - May 8th, 2020, 4:37 pm
    Oh my, yes! Just booked a pickup on May 16th. Can't wait.
    Oh, and, we ordered a bottle of "reserve wine" for $45. They're not specific about this. At all. At this point I don't know if it's white or red or Boone's Farm. Does anyone know? Will they choose a wine to match the dinner?
    TIA!
  • Post #492 - May 10th, 2020, 1:55 pm
    Post #492 - May 10th, 2020, 1:55 pm Post #492 - May 10th, 2020, 1:55 pm
    We loved our Alinea birthday dinner. Wish we split it into two separate meals though. Though we did save the dessert course for the next day to have with our kids. It’s a lot of (outstanding) food. They suggest starting to cook the short rib while you are eating an earlier course. I suggest holding off to make sure that you’re still hungry before proceeding with a pretty massive meat course. But, all in all, it was really fun and a good value.

    I don’t know what wine they will give you, but a previous carry out came with a really nice bottle. Happy we took the gamble. The first half of the birthday dinner is white friendly and the second half is red friendly, so you’ll be fine either way. maybe they’ll give you a sparkling.
  • Post #493 - May 19th, 2020, 10:58 am
    Post #493 - May 19th, 2020, 10:58 am Post #493 - May 19th, 2020, 10:58 am
    The Alinea Spring Selection Tasting Menu was just loaded into Tock. It starts when the 15th Anniversary Experience availability ends (21 May) and is available through 2 June.

    https://www.exploretock.com/alinea/
  • Post #494 - May 20th, 2020, 11:12 am
    Post #494 - May 20th, 2020, 11:12 am Post #494 - May 20th, 2020, 11:12 am
    Based on the birthday dinner, the new one was a must-do and is reserved for Sunday.
  • Post #495 - May 21st, 2020, 5:23 pm
    Post #495 - May 21st, 2020, 5:23 pm Post #495 - May 21st, 2020, 5:23 pm
    These two locally based guys have an entertaining YouTube channel. Their shtick is to do carryout from local restaurants and rate and review - one of their latest forays was a visit to Alinea...
    https://youtu.be/lAjF6LIxiUI

    "Goldie, how many times have I told you guys that I don't want no horsin' around on the airplane?"
  • Post #496 - May 22nd, 2020, 10:28 am
    Post #496 - May 22nd, 2020, 10:28 am Post #496 - May 22nd, 2020, 10:28 am
    cito wrote:These two locally based guys have an entertaining YouTube channel. Their shtick is to do carryout from local restaurants and rate and review - one of their latest forays was a visit to Alinea...
    https://youtu.be/lAjF6LIxiUI


    We dipped into our cellar for a couple of nice bottles of wine. I'm shocked we didn't think of Malort and Old Style instead. :lol:
    -Mary
  • Post #497 - May 23rd, 2020, 9:54 am
    Post #497 - May 23rd, 2020, 9:54 am Post #497 - May 23rd, 2020, 9:54 am
    The GP wrote:We dipped into our cellar for a couple of nice bottles of wine. I'm shocked we didn't think of Malort and Old Style instead. :lol:


    LOL at these YouTube guys not remembering what "vinegar" is.

    Interestingly, the Aviary parners with Jeppson's, and consequently Alinea drink kit add-ons feature the Jeppson's bourbon, which we found to be very nice, pretty oaky and smooth for the north end of proof range. Would not have gone for it otherwise.

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