Last time we looked, the multi-course prix fixe dinner at the French Laundry — chef Thomas Keller’s Michelin star-holding Yountville restaurant — is $295 (a heap of Osetra caviar and smoked sturgeon is $75 extra). But, hey, that includes the tip.
You and yours will have a chance to dine there, with the California Lottery picking up the bill. The Lottery is about to announce the details, but essentially: As part of the promo package for its $10 Emerald 10 scratchers program (to debut Jan. 5), there’s one special prize of dinner for two at the French Laundry, coupled with a two-night stay at the Napa Valley Lodge.
To qualify, you must submit a photo of yourself with the scratcher card and compose a 500-character (or shorter) “story” telling who you will take to dinner with you, and why. Lottery officials are still finessing the rules.
“What better way to celebrate California, our farm-to-fork movement and one of the world’s best restaurants than to offer (lottery players) the ultimate (dining) experience,” said Russ Lopez, the Lottery’s deputy director of corporate communications, in a statement. “ If you love food, then buy a ticket, take a chance and join the ultimate ‘foodie’ club.”
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