Thursday, August 2, 2012

Wish Julia Child happy birthday (and eat her food)

Julia Child would have turned 100 on Aug. 15. Among the celebrations: special menus at a handful of Charlotte restaurants that honor the legendary chef and teacher. Here's what's up:

Fern will offer a three-course meal of choices for $30 (and you can get wine pairings, for an additional $15) through the week of Aug 7–15. The choices: Greek mushroom salad with creamed onions; scalloped potatoes au gratin; ratatouille; cassoulet; spinach crepe; floating island with sweet potato meringue; duo of chocolate truffles. 1323 Central Ave.; 704-377-1825.

Halcyon will do a three-course meal for $60 (three-wine flight $15 on request) in the same timeframe. The choices: vichyssoise with chilled moonshine; soup au pistou (vegetable soup); N.C. teres major (that's a cut of steak, known for its tenderness); roast chicken with garlic and lemon; N.C. bourride (a fish stew using N.C. daily catch); peach tarte tatin; and crème brûlée. 500 S. Tryon. St. in the Mint Museum; 704-910-0865.

Something Classic Cafes will do take-home specials, ranging from vichyssoise to coq au vin to boeuf bourguignon. 1419 East Blvd., 704-347-3666; and
220 N. Tryon St., 704-331-9158.

e2 will offer, Aug. 7-15, an a la carte Child menu: vichyssoise for $8; curly endive and bacon with poached egg for $12, and cherry flan with liqueur for $9. 135 Levine Avenue of the Arts uptown (between Tryon and Church streets); 704-414-4787.