Wednesday, August 15 would have been the 100th birthday of Julia Child, famed chef, author and television personality. To celebrate, several Bay Area restaurants are offering up specials to honor one of the most influential American culinary personalities of all time.

Camino (3917 Grand Avenue, Oakland): Chef Russell Moore will be offering a four-course menu that pays homage to some of Child’s most iconic dishes. Menu below:

Julia Child Dinner Menu:

Poulet en gelée à l’estragon avec salade de laitue beurre et tomates

(Chicken tarragon in aspic with butter lettuce salad and tomatoes)


(Provencal fish stew with aioli)

Steak au poivre avec pommes Anna et tomates a la Provencale

(Classic pepper-crusted steak with tomatoes stuffed with breadcrumbs, garlic and herbs)

Clafouti aux pruneaux

(Prune Clafouti- baked French dessert arranged in a buttered dish and covered in creamy batter)

$55 + optional wine pairings

In addition, all guests will receive a complimentary and celebratory aperitif.

RN74 (301 Mission Street, San Francisco): RN74 has been holding a weeklong celebration in honor of Child, including a four-course dinner ($39, +$30 for optional wine pairing) and three-course lunch ($29, +$20 for wine pairing).

1st Course:

Cold leek and potato soup (Vichyssoise)

Torley Gala Sec, Budapest, Hungary

2nd Course:

Lamb  stew  with  spring  vegetables  (Navarin printanier)

2009 d’Aupilhac Montpeyroux, Languedoc, France

3rd Course:

Cauliflower au gratin with cheese (Chou–fleur à la mornay, gratiné)

2011 Caravaglio Malvasia, Sicily, Italy

*This course is not offered for lunch*

3rd Course:

Rum babas (Babas au rhum)

Vergano Moscato Chinato, Piedmont, Italy

Chez Panisse Cafe (1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley): The iconic restaurant will be offering menus celebrating Julia Child’s recipes and writings including a Menu du Jour.

La Scene Cafe and Bar, Warwick Hotel (490 Geary Street, San Francisco): The hotel restaurant is offering a monthlong three-course dinner ($38 per person, + special wine pairing available for $15 per person). The menu is below:


Blinis with Crème Fraiche Smoked Salmon with Dill


Salade Nicoise , Seared Tuna over Mesclun,

Artichoke, Haricot Vert, Nicoise Olive, Hard Boil Eggs,

Potato and Virgin Olive Oil


Boeuf Bourguignon Short Ribs Braised in Red Wine

Pearl Onions, Carrot, Lardons and Mushrooms Pomme Anna


Julia Child’s Orange and Almonds Cup Cake

A number of options to celebrate one of America’s true culinary icons.



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