Everyone who dines at Bern's is able to take a tour of the kitchens and the wine cellar. According to my wine cellar guide, one of a few who spend all night finding the wines people order in the massive library, only 15% of their wine is housed in the cellar. The rest is in a warehouse nearby. We're talking HALF A MILLION BOTTLES and 6,800+ labels to choose from on a given night. There's a wine worth $30,000. There is port made from grapes that were grown when Abraham Lincoln was a CHILD. It was like a library of wines. It was like the Hall of Prophecy from Harry Potter, but filled with wine. The guy said you could drink a bottle a day for like 18 years and never drink the same bottle twice.
The kitchen was no less impressive. Our tour, given by a waiter in training, allowed us into the busy, loud world of the kitchen. They have 60-100 people in the kitchen alone. They have huge grills for the meat that take up some serious square footage. Thousands of pounds of steak per week, tons of salads from their garden... it's an insane operation. They even grow some herbs in the kitchen for the salads. (Note: I do not like salad, but I ate like 25% of mine... and the waiter told me not to feel bad, because all the rest would go into compost. Yeah, I was totally being environmentally conscious, right?)
I figured I needed to have a steak... but had no idea everything that would come with it. Without asking, your steak comes with a French onion soup course, salad with so many dressing options, a baked potato, fried onions, and fresh vegetables. Oh. Em. Gee.