Have you ever had a four-hour, 25 course meal? No. Well, that’s exactly what’s being done at Alinea in Chicago. The same people who brought Chicago Next, also own Alinea, and they are similar in one major way. They both have the ticketing system that requires you to pay 100% of the bill up front and is non-refundable. After speaking with co-owner Nick Kokonas, I would like to point out that while there are no refunds, the tickets are fully transferable. This applies to both Alinea and Next, if you find you can’t make your reservation, just gift it to a friend. Better yet, have a friend buy the tickets from you. It shouldn’t be hard, these reservations are extremely coveted and would be very easy to transfer.
The courses at Alinea are small but meticulously created using the most modern culinary techniques. Alinea represents the growing trend of molecular gastronomy. It’s basically the science of cooking things and making use of the physical and chemical transformations of the ingredients that occurs while cooking. But you don’t need to know all the nerdy, smarty pants stuff. Just know that it’s a culinary experience that you wouldn’t want to miss. If you are interested in making reservations (getting tickets) just go to alinearestaurant.com and get ready for a science-fueled culinary treat.