I loved so much about my college experience at Smith College in Northampton, MA – the beautiful town, my diverse classmates and especially our unique tradition of Friday afternoon tea. But perhaps one of my fondest memories of my time at Smith was when I got to meet Julia Child, a Smith alumna.
In honor of Julia’s visit a special tea was hosted at the home of the President and students were invited to come share a snack and stories with the great chef. She was delightful: spunky and funny. The real treat of the tea party were the stories Julia shared of her time at Smith, all while she munched on tea sandwiches and sipped orange ceylon tea. I actually got to shake her hand and say hello; it was a moment I will never forget.
Each year Smith College celebrates Julia with special events and meals, and current students and alumnae alike celebrate her zest for life and food.
This week would have been Julia’s 100th birthday, and foodies and Julia lovers everywhere will be celebrating in her honor. From August 7th through August 15th, restaurants across the country will celebrate Julia’s 100th birthday with special events and menus, particularly at a number of prominent restaurants here in New York City.
And of course you can always whip up one of her classic recipes. If you’re assuming Julia’s France-centric recipes aren’t kosher-friendly, think again! You can whip up this Kosher Boeuf Bourguignon featured on Jew and the Carrot to celebrate the great Julia’s birthday, no bacon necessary.