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Chicago restaurants remember Julia Child


Food Dude David Lissner interviews Julia Child during a 1996 Dining Chicago show.

The late doyenne of French cookery, Julia Child, would have been 100 years old on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

At Old Town Social, Chef Jared Van Camp will celebrate that night with a three-course tribute dinner featuring dishes made from recipes out of her iconic cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

“Julia’s recipes actually work,” says Van Camp. “Her dishes are consistent, they stand the test of time, and she has this knack for taking exquisite French cuisine and preparing it in a way that’s approachable and less intimidating. It’s why everyone loved her.”

The $30 prix fixe menu features salade Nicoise, composed salad of haricot verts, olives, tomatoes, potatoes, anchovies, bibb lettuce and vinaigrette (Vol. 1, page 542); poulets grilles a la diable, chicken broiled with mustard, herbs and breadcrumbs (Vol. 1, page 265); gratin dauphinois aux endives, casserole of sliced potatoes and endive (Vol. 2, page 389); artichauts braise a la Provencale, fresh artichokes braised with wine, garlic and herbs (Vol. 1, page 426); and “La Riposte,” French strawberry shortcake made with rum-soaked brioche (Vol. 2, page 448).

Other local restaurants honoring Child on Wednesday (and through Aug. 25) include: