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Next Restaurant Releases Schedule and Prices For 2013

By Anthony Todd in Food on Dec 19, 2012 4:00PM

The current Next menu, Kyoto, ends in January.

Next already revealed their menu themes for 2013: The Hunt, Vegan and the Bocuse D'Or. Now, more details have been released about dates, prices and all the logistics of getting the coveted tickets.

Season ticket holders for 2012 got an email yesterday with all the information. It included prices, more detailed descriptions of each menu and some more tidbits that Next junkies will want to hear about. We don't happen to be season ticket holders, but luckily Grubstreet Chicago posted the entire email. Here are some highlights.

Menu Descriptions with Dates

Our first menu -- THE HUNT - will begin Jan. 9 and run through April 28. Wild game will be featured, but so too other foraged and forgotten foods and techniques. It will prove a robust and adventurous meal for the peak of the Chicago winter.

Next up? VEGAN ! From May 8 to Aug. 24. Creativity often comes from imposing limits upon oneself and finding novel solutions within a framework of constraint. As Spring turns to Summer Next will feature a creative and ambitious menu without meat. Now, we at Next are the farthest thing from strict vegetarians but we are incredibly excited to be producing a menu of truly 4-star vegan cuisine. We look forward to welcoming a whole new set of customers to Next - and to surprising our omnivorous regulars!

And finally, our grand menu of the year - Bocuse D’or - Concours Mondial de la Cuisine. With chef Achatz serving as one of the coaches to the US team it seemed fitting to bring the Olympics of the Culinary World to Next. This is the real Top Chef challenge: contestents have 5 hours and 35 minutes to prepare elaborate presentations. While we will not be under these time constraints (and limits on the number of chefs!) we will create presentations representative of the contest - elaborate meat and fish platters - while expanding on the menu to create a complete - and interactive - experience. Our Bocuse D’or will run from Aug. 31 to Dec. 31.

No word on why Bocuse D'or doesn't get the all-caps treatment.

What will it cost you? Well, the prices here are for season ticket holders - no word on whether there may be some variations for us ordinary folks. On a Wednesday, The Hunt and Vegan will cost $90/person, increasing incrementally to $115 on a Saturday. Bocuse D'Or will be a bit more expensive ($195) because they will be serving fewer people each night.

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