Gwen Fowler



Happy birthday, Julia Child

Posted 8/14/2012 9:08:00 AM

One of America’s most famous chefs would have turned 100 on Wednesday, and Terra is planning a menu in her honor this week.

Julia Child, who died in 2004, was serious about food but never seemed to take herself too seriously. She was so beloved that her kitchen is on display in the Smithsonian. In the 2009 movie “Julie and Julia,” Meryl Streep played the cookbook author and television personality.

Chef Mike Davis at Terra in West Columbia plans to serve a three-course menu inspired by Child Aug. 14-18.

The first course will be Sole a la Dieppoise (flounder with mussels and shrimp) and the second will be Caneton aux Peches (duck with peaches). Dessert will be Tarte au Citron et aux Amandes (chilled lemon and almond tart).

The dinner is $30. But of course a dinner in honor of Child calls for wine. The meal is $40 with wine pairings or $50 with reserve wine pairings.

In a news release, Davis said Child’s “love for French cuisine continues to inspire home cooks and chefs everywhere.”

Davis uses a copy of Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” cookbook that was a wedding gift to his mother and father. The copy, printed in 1967, was the 14th printing.

“And we think Julia would approve of our South Carolina twists to some of her most loved dishes, including flounder in place of sole for our first course, and of course we’re using South Carolina peaches for the duck course.”

We think Julia would approve, too. Bon appétit.