My girlfriend and I are serious food-obsessives, and in a couple months will begin a year of living abroad.
We've been in the east bay for the past three years and have not managed to try Chez Panisse downstairs (we have been to the cafe), and both of us feel like we should really have at least one meal there before we move away.
However, as we're both about to quit our jobs (at non-profits which didn't pay all that much anyway), we're in serious budget mode, and feel that we can only really afford a Chez Panisse meal if it's a Monday night and we stick to drinking water.
So here's my question, which is a bit silly, but nevertheless: will we feel uncomfortable or awkward not ordering any wine, or any drinks at all other than water at a Chez Panisse downstairs dinner? Is drinking wine enough an "expected" part of a meal of that caliber that we will feel like we're doing something wrong?
I assume, given the level of service at Chez Panisse, that the answer is no, but I want to see what other folks have to say about that.