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Alinea: The Story Begins


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#1 Fat Guy

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Posted 21 August 2004 - 09:36 AM

In the wee hours of June 4, 2004, Grant Achatz ("chefg" on eGullet)
announced the creation of his new restaurant concept: Alinea. After
briefing the eGullet community on the planned restaurant's background
and introducing the creative team, Achatz threw down the gauntlet:
<blockquote><i>It is my intention to keep up to the best of my ability with this
thread. We are also entertaining the thought of documenting the
development of Alinea after August 15th on our website. Both in the
physical changes to the building as far as design, and the results of
the test kitchen and dish development. Maybe we can work something out
with egullet to help organize this in a productive way.</i></blockquote>
The eGullet team quickly swung into action. Starting this week we
will present a series of reports documenting the opening of
Alinea. eGullet Heartland forum host Ron Kaplan ("ronnie_suburban")
and eGullet site manager Jonathan Day will be working with the Achatz
team and a group of eGullet volunteers to bring you these reports. We'll
be starting out nice and easy, with some basic background. As we build
towards the opening of Alinea and beyond, we hope to increase the frequency
and variety of the reports and seize this opportunity to to push the
boundaries of new media and the culinary avant garde. We hope you will join eGullet and Grant Achatz
in this encounter with what is sure to be one of the most
exciting new restaurants to open in years.

The story begins here

Steven A. Shaw aka "Fat Guy"
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#2 ronnie_suburban

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Posted 21 August 2004 - 03:26 PM

To read the first installment of our coverage, Alinea: The Story Thus Far, please follow this link...

Alinea: The Story Thus Far

And for general discussion of The Alinea Project, please follow this link...

The Alinea Project - general discussion thread


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