How Julia Child Saved Her 75th Birthday Party

By Deborah and Robert Simon, a/k/a: An American Bistro

We were part of Julia’s 75th birthday celebration at the then famed Citrus on Melrose for 75 guests, in Los Angeles with Michel Richard. We had lamb on the menu as an entree, but when it came time to serve, it was discovered that the chefs had not turned on the ovens. Of course, Julia led the charge and we all pitched in to further butcher, then pan roast each of the 75 portions in record time, all the while drinking bottle after bottle of Chateau Lynch Bages to give us sustenance…


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About Julia Child Restaurant Week

Julia Child Restaurant week features more than 100 restaurants across the country and honors the contributions and legacy of Ms. Child. Events will kick off on August 7 and run through her 100th birthday on August 15. Each restaurant will feature special menus or events inspired by the 100 most beloved Julia Child recipes. To learn more and see what restaurants are participating near you, visit: