Purveyors Hustle to Get on the French Laundry's Menu

Selling their goods to the French Laundry gives suppliers some serious street cred, so some go to great lengths to get in there.

Gaining admission to the French Laundry kitchen is the food equivalent of joining an exclusive club. Purveyors must attract the attention of French Laundry chefs, then survive intense hazing: questions about the taste and consistency of their product and the philosophy behind it. Once they're in, the restaurant supports, even honors, its producers. Many of them... have become food celebrities in their own right.


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