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Restaurants remember Julia Child with special dinners

Julia Child fires up a creme brulee in the kitchen of the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, during a 1996 visit. AJC file photo by Joey Ivansco.

Julia Child fires up a creme brulee in the kitchen of the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, during a 1996 visit. AJC file photo by Joey Ivansco.

Bon Anniversaire, Julia Child!

In recognition of the beloved cookbook author and television chef’s 100th birthday, which would have been Wednesday, Atlanta restaurants are featuring her cuisine and sharing fond memories this week.

At the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, bartender Chris King well remembers meeting Ms. Child in the hotel’s famous Lobby Lounge.

“I walk in here one morning and I heard that piercing voice, ‘helloooo! ‘There sits Julia Child. She had a cup of tea.”

Child made her way into the kitchen at some point during that visit – there she is at the right putting the finishing touches on a creme brulee. (”Every woman should have a blowtorch,” was among her axioms.)

“I told her, ‘I love your book!’ She said, ‘Do you cook?’ I said, ‘I’m trying!’ Then she signed a cocktail napkin – unsolicited,” recalled King, who has been at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead since 1989. “She was very nice, very outgoing, very flamboyant.”

Chris King recalled meeting Julia Child one morning at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead.

Chris King recalled meeting Julia Child one morning at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead.

The hotel’s Cafe honors her memory with a series of “Bon Appétit, Julia Child” evenings, planned this Wednesday through Saturday.

Dinner each night will feature recipes from Child, selected by newly appointed executive chef Chef Franck Steigerwald, beginning with Salad Nicoise (seared fresh Ahi tuna with potatoes,French green beans, tomatoes, basil and anchovies); Boeuf Bourguignon (braised short ribs with red wine, garlic mashed potato, pearl onions and wild mushrooms) and for dessert, almond macaroons with orange pastry cream and raspberry.

Dinner for two is $100, exclusive of tax and tip. Reservations are required. Call 404-240-7035 or see this web site for more information.

Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead executive chef Franck Steigerwald, who hails from France’s Bordeaux region, selected the recipes to be featured during the Julia Child tribute dinners this week. Ben Rose Photography

Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead executive chef Franck Steigerwald, who hails from France’s Bordeaux region, selected the recipes to be featured during the Julia Child tribute dinners this week. Ben Rose Photography

Meanwhile Bistro Niko and Kyma, both part of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, were selected to represent Georgia out of 100 restaurants nationwide as part of “The JC100: Julia Child Restaurant Week,” which runs through Wednesday.

“Julia, being an American, was the first to open the doors of respect from European cooks because she was so talented, so precise and had so much respect for the French kitchen,” said Pano Karatassos, CEO and founder of Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, who counts Child as one of his culinary idols.

“As a young cook, I bought her book and used it as sort of a bible. I made beurre blanc, which was practically unheard of at the time and it was excellent,” Karatassos said. “I just followed her directions. She made it easier not only for young cooks but for housewives as well to master what the European cooks already had.”

- Jennifer Brett and Sheila Poole/The Buzz

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kar

August 15th, 2012
9:50 am

The woman loved a McDonald’s Big Mac with Fries. Counts.

She wasn’t too snobby for fast food, bless her.

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kimster

August 15th, 2012
11:08 am

A kind and gentle woman with a bon vivant sense of humor and a passion for food preparation. None of this Wolfgang Puck or dehumanizing master chef rages B.S.
Food is fun, adds spice to life and can enhance conversation and friendship. Julia knew this. I wish more of us did.

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August 15th, 2012
1:46 pm

Well said, Kimster

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August 16th, 2012
12:00 pm

Fondest memory . . . Good Morning America in France (back in the good old days when Charlie and Joan were hosts) and after sampling lots of wine. . .ABC has a closing camera shot of her clearly inebrated and riding a bicycle outside of a chateau, but having a grand old time and maintaining speed and balance. . .a class act that the world was better off for having had her presence. . .

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