Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rise n°1 Celebrates Julia Child's 100th Birthday in Style

Yesterday, Rise n°1 celebrated the 100th birthday of Julia Child - the American chef who made French cuisine accessible and adventurous for the everyday cook.

Reservations were required in advance, but guests were asked to "come dressed respectfully as Julia and (in return) enjoy a Julia inspired lunch" courtesy of Rise n°1 from 11am to 2pm on Julia's birthday, August 15.

My friend, Bev Garvin, was one of the first to see the tweet announcing this promotion and respond snagging our party a coveted 12:30PM spot.

I donned my best 60s housewives-inspired dress and a strand of pearls and headed over to enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch. It was awesome to see what everyone was wearing - even men got into the spirit of the day!

Julia taught us that it’s okay to make mistakes as long as you learn how to fix what went wrong.  Cooking can be - and should be- fun!   We have her to thank (or to blame) for the Food Network and "Top Chef," as well as for the fact that every person who graduates from culinary school now harbors the secret conviction that she will wind up a celebrity chef.  There has never been, nor will there likely ever be another spirit like Julia Child. It was lovely to see her remembered with such reverence and fondness today.   Thank you to Rise n°1 for hosting such a lovely event. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to come back!

Rise n°1  is located in Inwood Village at 5360 West Lovers Lane, Suite 220, Dallas, TX 75209.

Photography by Mei-Chun Jau.