Julia Child Restaurant Week Specials at Five Metro Phoenix Restaurants

A still from The French Chef.
A still from The French Chef.
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Even though Julia Child stood at an impressive 6' 2", it's clear that she never looked down upon any determined cook. During Julia Child Restaurant Week, celebrated nationwide from Tuesday, August 7 to Wednesday, August 15, five metro Phoenix restaurants look up to America's most beloved French chef with a special fork-wielding salute. Celebrate what would have been Julia's 100th birthday by pulling up a seat at one of these once-in-a-century dinners.

Vincent on Camelback

"Julia Child's advice to 'try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and, above all, have fun,' has broadened the knowledge and appeal of French cooking and inspired millions to try new foods and classic preparations, says chef Vincent Guerithault. "Her inspiration to all contributed greatly to my success, paving the way for the American palate to accept and, indeed be inspired, to enjoy the art of French cooking."

Throughout the duration of the honorary week, Guerithault offers a prix fixe menu that includes a choice of starter, entrée and dessert. Options featuring dishes from Julia's cookbooks include chilled vichyssoise, duck confit with an orange sauce and gratin dauphinois (scalloped potatoes), and crème caramel. The price per guest is $35, plus tax and gratuity. Call 602-224-0225 for reservations for seatings between 5 and 8:30 p.m.

Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar

On Tuesday, August 15 at 7 p.m., the Phoenix chapter of Les Dames d' Escoffier International hosts A Tribute Dinner Celebrating Julia Child's 100th Birthday.

One hundred guests get wined and dined with a cocktail reception followed by a four course family-style meal prepared by Chef Greg LaPrad. Using recipes from Mastering the Art of French Cooking, LaPrad selected dishes which incorporate local seasonal ingredients. Pastry chef Tracy Dempsey prepares individual Reine de Saba birthday cakes - Julia's favorite chocolate cake - for the final course.

A LDEI member hosts each table, discussing personal memories of Julia along with history of the evening's dishes. Tickets cost $125 each and include a special menu book, with proceeds to benefit the Arizona chapter of Careers through Culinary Arts Programs. The full menu and reservation information can be viewed through Brown Paper Tickets.

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