Happy Birthday, Julia Child! No chef comes as close to making an impact in the culinary field as Julia Child, who gracefully, animatedly and candidly brought complicated French cuisine into the homes of Americans, turning our palates onto dishes like Boeuf Bourguignon, split pea soup and souffles — plenty of souffles!
Or, perhaps you know her as Meryl Streep’s lovable character in “Julie & Julia.” However you recognize her, Child has worked her way into our kitchens and our hearts, forever changing the way we cook and consume French fare.
Julia Child would have turned 100 years old today, and in honor of the beloved chef, local restaurants are crafting up menus and dishes honoring the late Julia Child. Below are 12 options in Boston for you to raise a glass and a fork to Julia Child. Bon appetit!
Craigie on Main – Aug. 15 – Inspired by Child’s quote, “In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport,” Chef Tony Maws has come up with three dishes to celebrate the masterful kitchen whiz: Thon a Provencal, Deviled Poussin with Mustard Coating and a Brioche Tart with White Secret Sauce.
Finale – Aug. 15 & 16 – Treat your sweet tooth with a special dessert for $11.99 honoring Julia Child: soufflé au chocolat, with glacee a l’orange, and cherry anglaise.
UpStairs on the Square – Aug. 19 thru Aug. 31 – UpStairs on the Square is dedicating their entire Restaurant Week menu to Julia Child. The three-course menus feature recipes from her cookbooks, and will be available for $33.12 and for $43.12 in the Soiree Room.
Harvest – Aug. 15 thru Aug. 18 – For $44 a head, Chef Mary Dumont is hosting a four-course meal with French favorites like Salade Nicoise, Heirloom Tomato Provençale and of course, an option for wine pairings.
Gaslight – Aug. 15 – It’s only fitting that this French bistro would host a dinner in honor of Julia Child with recipes from Mastering the Art of French Cooking. For $33 a person, enjoy this three-course prix fixe menu with a complimentary glass of champagne.
What are you doing to celebrate Julia Child’s 100th birthday?