On August 14 & 16, 2009 we are hosting a special dinner to celebrate the birthday of the legendary Julia Child, who was born on August 15, 1912 and passed away on August 13, 2004, just a couple days shy of her 92nd birthday. The menu will reflect some of the specialties she presented on her legendary French Chef series, which first appeared on February 11, 1963, including Mousse au Chocolat and Saucisson de Menage. Some would say that her French Chef series was the birth of the Food Network, albeit, by todays standards, the filming and delivery were very rudimentary by comparison. Yet, Julia remains an icon not only because of her introduction of French cuisine to the home cook, but because of her large personality. Not only was she 6 feet 2 inches tall, but she had a voice that was impossible to forget. An almost warble that had such a unique lilt to it that it was recognizable to almost everyone. It is common to say that parody is the best form of flattery and Julia has certainly been mocked in many forms, none more memorable than the Saturday Night Live skit by Dan Aykroyd depicting an actual moment of her French Chef series where she cut her hand so badly everything took on a reddish hue from the outpouring of blood. Incidentally, the story goes that she swigged some alcohol, wrapped up her finger and went on with the show, only heading to the ER to have it stitched after the end of taping.
And soon to be seen in theaters across America, Meryl Streep will take on the role of the legendary culinary icon in the movie Julie & Julia, due out on August 7, 2009. Based on the books “Julie & Julia” by Julie Powell and “My Life in France” by Julia Child (Posthumous) with Alex Prud’homme, the movie cleverly