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Event Tue Aug 14 2012

Old Town Social Celebrates Julia Child's 100th Birthday

Nary is there a chef nor anyone over the age of 25 who has not heard of Julia Child. This Wednesday, at Old Town Social -- in honor of what would have been the French culinary legend's 100th birthday -- executive chef Jared Van Camp is whipping up a special $30 three-course prix fixe menu* that celebrates Child's tribute to classic French cooking techniques. And what better way to celebrate a culinary legend than to adapt your menu out of their own cookbook; in this case, Child's iconic Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Menu
1st Course
"Salade Nicoise"
Composed Salad of Haricot Verts, Olives, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Anchovies, Bibb Lettuce and Vinaigrette
(Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1, page 542)

2nd Course
"Poulets Grillés a la Diable"
--Chicken broiled with Mustard, Herbs and Breadcrumbs
(Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1, page 265)
"Gratin Dauphinois aux Endives"
--Gratin of Sliced Potatoes and Endive
(Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 2, page 389)
"Artichauts Braisé a la Provençalé"
--Fresh Artichokes Braised with Wine, Garlic and Herbs
(Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1, page 426)

3rd Course
"La Riposte"
French Strawberry Shortcake made with Rum-soaked Brioche
(Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 2, page 448)

Visit Old Town Social to make reservations or call 312-266-2277.

And if you can't make it to the celebration, maybe it's time you finally pulled a Julie and Julia and took a crack at it yourself. As Julia would say: "The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken. Bon appétit. "

*tip, tax and drinks not included


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