With all the talk about the FL (and rightfully so), I began to reminisce about its' first life under Don & Sally Schmitt. Anyone have any experience with it back then? I went for the first time in about 1992 or so. Even then, it was the idyllic retreat. They had one seating and encouraged you to linger through the meal, taking a break now & then by meandering through the garden. We dined upstairs on a perfectly lovely summer's night. I can still remember strolling out on the balcony and looking out towards Highway 29 and then heading down the stairs to the garden.
All I remember of the meal was a delightful roast pork, pinot noir and an astounding cheese plate following our 3 hour dinner. Isn't it nice to think that although many things about the French Laundry have changed, some haven't? Nice to recall this little bit of history.