Pete Wells, ed of the NYTimes dining section, emailed this morning asking for comment on the relationship between Thomas Keller and Grant Achatz. He's written a post that has made even me excited about tonight's dinner--and I'm just making stir-fry for the kids in Cleveland. Wish I were there. Nick Kokonas told me Grant was bringing eight—eight!—chefs to pull this thing off in per se's exquisite kitchen. The boxing metaphor in the Diners Journal headline is apt. Pete, you better post a full report--and bring your point and shoot!
UPDATE: Here's Pete's brief post on the pre-service meeting.
UPDATE: And here service begins. Glad to see Jonathan Benno in action, CDC of per se and one of the authors of the new sous vide book—a chef I really admire; he's such a silent head's down chef you rarely catch a glimpse of him. And this post also reminds me of ALL the allergies people supposedly have. We're becoming a nation of culinary sissies.