If you love food, you’re no doubt excited about the release of Julie and Julia, the movie chronicling the early lives of chef Julia Child and blogger Julie Powell. You may be surprised, however, to find that the movie is about far more than cooking. Have you ever felt that your life is off track? Perhaps you’d hoped of being more successful by age fill-in-the-blank, or maybe you’ve started a new venture and are being met with disappointment and roadblocks at every turn. Both Julie and Julia faced the same feelings in life, and this film does a wonderful job portraying their unflappable spirits set against the background of delicious French cuisine.
If you’d like to create a special night for friends, go to an early showing of the movie, then come back to your place for a Julie/Julia-inspired feast! The film has many dimensions, and you’ll have lots to discuss over this delicious yet simple French meal. All items on the menu can (and should!) be made before you leave for the movie.
Vichyssoise (Not in the film, but this is a classic French soup. Serve chilled)
Serve with sparkling wine or seltzer with lemon
Boueuf Bourguignon (Reheat upon your return home.)
Serve with pinot noir and fresh baguette
Rapsberry Bavarian Cream (Hopefully yours will not meet the same fate as Julie’s! Serve chilled.)
Serve with a fruity port
Set the table with:
A white tablecloth and fresh flowers. Peonys, tea roses, and lavender would be lovely.
Madeleine Peyroux, Edith Piaf
About the Author: Jennifer Dunham Luby is a Chicago area native and hostess extraordinaire. When she's not out exploring the social scene, Jen and her husband love to entertain in their Wicker Park home. She writes SecondCitySoiree.com, a blog featuring advice, ideas, and inspiration for home entertaining. Follow her on Twitter @SecndCitySoiree