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Alinea: The Story Begins

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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:

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.

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

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