Julia Child's 100th Birthday Celebration

By Cynthia Schuster Eakin

The spirit of Julia Child was rocking and rolling in Cleveland on Aug. 15, as the members of the area chapter of Les Dames des Escoffier and guests celebrated her 100th birthday.

More than 50 party goers attended the festivities, held at beautiful Beachcliff Cabinet and Design in Rocky River, Ohio.  Dames prepared a variety of authentic Julia Child dishes, made according to Julia's own recipes. Offerings included a variety of salad platters, cold soup, French bread with herbed butter, quiche and Julia’s favorite chocolate birthday cake, the Queen of Sheba. French wine, bottles of Prince Rubis red Bordeaux and white Bordeaux, were generously donated by Tim English, owner of Private Reserve. “I met Julia when she was giving a lecture at Johnson and Wales in 1983. She was fantastic!” he noted.

Members of Les Dames de Escoffier dressed as Julia might have for her own party, in a white blouse, black skirt or slacks and a string of pearls. Guests enjoyed Julia’s televised cooking shows and viewed Julia Child memorabilia owned by Les Dames members. Highlights of the evening included a Julia Child voice imitation contest, won by Cleveland Les Dames chapter founding member Marilou Suszko, and a visit by “Julia” herself.

Many more event photos can be seen on our facebook page!