Julia Child’s 100th Birthday

Julia Child, who passed away two days before her 92nd birthday in 2004, would have turned 100 on August 15th, 2012.

All across the country, food lovers will be celebrating her milestone birthday.

If you live in the Phoenix area and don’t mind shelling out $125 for an all inclusive, four-course dinner paired with wine, you can join 99 other guests at Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain to celebrate the beloved, warbled-voice culinary icon — and feel good that you’re contributing to a worthy cause.

The Phoenix Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (of which I am a member) is hosting a tribute dinner at Quiessence to celebrate Julia Child’s 100th birthday and to raise scholarship money for Arizona’s C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) organization.

In honor of Julia’s 100th birthday, 100 guests will enjoy a cocktail reception followed by a four-course dinner prepared by Chef Greg LaPrad, served family-style with French and Arizona wines, in the charming setting of Quiessence.

Chef LaPrad is recreating recipes from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking cookbook. Dame hosts will share the history behind the dishes as well as personal memories about the Grand Dame who changed the way America cooks. Guests will take home a menu book filled with recipes and memorabilia from Julia’s extraordinary life.

Proceeds from the event will fund scholarships for the Arizona chapter of C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Programs), which provides culinary training for high school students.

Tickets are limited and will sell out (more than half of the tickets have been sold), so make your reservations quickly if you want to be part of this special occasion (see below for details).

Here’s a look at the menu Chef LaPrad is creating based on Julia’s recipes.

Préparations Froides
Légumes à la Grecque
Mousse de Foies de Volaille
Terrine de Porc
Crevettes en Aspic

Fricassée de Poulet à l’Ancienne
et Légûmes
Tomates à la Provençale
Gratin Dauphinois

Salade et Fromage

Gâteau d’ Anniversaire de Julia Child

Courses accompanied by French & Arizona Wines


What: Tribute Dinner to Celebrate Julia Child’s 100th Birthday
When: August 15th, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: at Quiessence restaurant, 6106 South 32nd Street  Phoenix, AZ
Cost: $125 per person, inclusive. A portion of the proceeds are tax deductible. Guests will be given a receipt at the event.
Mail checks to:
LDEI Phoenix
P.O. Box 5165, Carefree, AZ 85377
purchase online through Brown Paper Tickets.

Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for the Arizona Chapter of C-CAP

About Les Dames d’Escoffier International:

LDEI is a philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. The invitational membership is composed of 28 individual chapters across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. LDEI is the premier organization of influential professional women who are committed to the advancement of education and philanthropy in food, beverage and hospitality for the good of the global community.

Follow LDEI Phoenix on Facebook.

About C-CAP:

C-CAP’s (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) mission is to promote and provide career opportunities in the foodservice industry for underserved youth through culinary arts education and employment. The organization works with high school culinary arts teachers, assisting them in providing students the basic culinary skills they need to engage in a culinary career. The organization provides competitions and scholarships to encourage students to continue their culinary careers after high school graduation.

Follow C-CAP on Facebook.

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  1. […] — and it sells out. Our last event was nearly two years ago, a fundraiser celebrating Julia Child’s 100th birthday. We raised $4,000 for C-CAP […]

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