This past Sunday, Jeremy and I attended a fabulous picnic hosted by the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor - a group I've recently joined which is devoted to all things food-related. Because today would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday, of course the potluck celebration featured an entire buffet of Julia's recipes, prepared by members!
Among two dozen offerings, there was a gorgeous terrine of veal and pork ... a luscious dish of chicken in wine ... an old-fashioned American meatloaf ... a French potato salad dressed with vinaigrette ... lovely cucumber and corn and Cobb salads ... beautiful hand made cherry and apple pies ... delicate blue cheese crackers ... refreshing cucumber soup ... tender rice ... summery ratatouille ... my chocolate mousse (recipe on AnnArbor.com today) ... and the extraordinary apricot-praline cake pictured above (baked by Sherry Sunderling).
I don't have names and/or titles to go with every dish, but was astounded by the quality and variety of offerings. Everything was so amazing! Fabulous friends and food ... what better way to celebrate a birthday? Julia Child herself would have been thrilled.
Bon appétit! Et bon anniversaire, Julia!
[bohn ah-pay-TEE! ay bohn ah-nee-vair-SAIR]
Go check 'em out on AnnArbor.com:
Yesterday: Courgettes Sautées au Beurre ([koor-ZHET soh-TAY oh burr] = Zucchini Sautéed in Butter)
Today: Chocolate Mousse
|A fragrant Julia Child rose in front of a cut-out - the guest of honor had to attend, after all!|