Happy Birthday, Julia

August 15th

"I don't think about whether people will remember me or not. I've been an okay person. I've learned a lot. I've taught people a thing or two. That's what's important." - Julia Child

Celebrate Julia's Birthday at Vincent's

Celebrate Julia


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Celebrate Julia

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

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Julia’s Cats

“A house without a cat is like a day without sunshine, a pie without fromage, a dinner without wine.” – Julia Child

PBS Auto-Tunes Julia Child’s Hot Chocolate Truffles

Celebrating Julia’s 100th!

Comment on our Facebook page to enter to win Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

Happy 100th Birthday, Julia

Asked by a radio interviewer once what her ultimate meal would be, Julia Child said:

“Red meat and a bottle of gin.”

Celebrate Julia’s birthday Aug 15 with $2 Upsidedown Martini’s at Vincent’s

Julia’s Google Doodle

“Just like becoming an expert in wine–you learn by drinking it, the best you can afford–you learn about great food by finding the best there is, whether simply or luxurious. The you savor it, analyze it, and discuss it with your companions, and you compare it with other experiences.” ? Julia Child, Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Julia’s Kitchen

In 2002, right after Julia’s 90th birthday, her kitchen, where she filmed 3 of her TV shows went on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. If you can’t make it to Washington DC to see it in person, you can take a tour on the Smithsonian’s website

Everything in moderation, including moderation. – Julia Child

“Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music.” – Julia Child

Julia’s Beef Tartare au Gratin :)

“It’s fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. That’s what human life is all about… enjoying things.” – Julia Child

“I was 32 when I started cooking, up til then I just ate.” – Julia Child

Julia’s Cats

“Maybe the cat has fallen into the stew, or the lettuce has frozen, or the cake has collapsed. Eh bien, tant pis. Usually one’s cooking is better than one thinks it is. And if the food is truly vile, then the cook must simply grit her teeth and bear it with a smile, and learn from her mistakes.” -Julia Child, My Life in France

Saturday Night Live: The French Chef

“The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile. I think of my strawberry soufflé. I did that at least twenty-eight times before I finally conquered it.” -Julia Child

people who love to eat

“The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken. Bon appétit.”– Julia Child

Hollandaise Class August 4th

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Congratulations to our aspiring Hollandaise Artists!

  • Joy Ledbetter Baumgarten
  • Jana Freeman
  • Andrea Hammond
  • Mardelle Blount
  • Jacqueline Carter Lawhorn
  • Susan Atooli
  • Tedi Jackson
  • Shirley Gerardy

Meet Vincent at the restaurant Saturday morning at 10 am.

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” – Julia Child

Learn something new with Chef Vincent – the art of making a perfect Hollandaise Sauce!

“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!” – Julia Child, My Life in France

Comment on Facebook for a chance to join Vincent on Saturday, August 4, at 10am

“Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” – Julia Child

“Once you have mastered a technique, you barely have to look at a recipe again”- Julia Child

“Sauces are the splendor and glory of French cooking…” Julia Child, Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Would you like to master the art of making a perfect Hollandaise Sauce? On Saturday, August 4, at 10am Chef Vincent Grumel will be teaching a class of 12 aspiring cooks just how to do that. To enter the contest do the following: Like us on Facebook and tell us about the first time that you remember tasting Hollandaise. Four winners will be drawn each day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”- Julia Child

“In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.”- Julia Child

Vincent Remembers Julia

San Diego Union, Sunday, February 4, 1979

This is Chef Vincent Grumel’s story of his personal encounter with Julia Child:

Hear Vincent tell it:

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In 1976, following an inspirational visit to Paris, entrepreneurs June Berridge and Wanda James opened Mon Ami, North San Diego County’s first authentic French restaurant. The story goes that, while in Paris, Berridge and James experienced a wonderful cafe called Le Tayerne Du Sargent Recruteur on the Iles St. Denis, an island in the middle of the river Seine. Upon returning to the United States, Berridge and James decided to make their dream come true in the form of Mon Ami, located on the corner of Highway 101 and Villa de la Valle in Solana Beach.

Vincent Grumel, 1979

On February 3rd, 1979, a culinary celebrity, Julia Child, paid Mon Ami a surprise visit. Vincent Grumel, Mon Ami’s Head Chef, had not been expecting Julia Child, nor had he seen her cooking show on television, heard her famous voice, nor thumbed through her famous cook book. Not yet aware of Julia’s reputation, Chef Vincent had no idea what to expect when Julia, after being extremely pleased with her meal, paid him a visit in the kitchen, speaking to him in her fluent French. Chef Vincent remembers that night as a very special one due to the first impression left by Julia Child as well as the extraordinary circumstances in which he met and cooked for her.

Julia, we remember you.

Chef Julia Child, a beloved American icon and culinary celebrity, passed away in 2004, just two days before her 92nd birthday. This year, on August 15, 2012, Julia would have been 100
years old. In honor of this centennial birthday, Vincent’s will be celebrating with special events,
menus, and contests. Check here and our Facebook page often, as we will be adding to it daily. We will begin our “Julia Child Tribute” on July 31
and continue through the first three weeks of August.

Julia, we remember you.