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By Kristen Cole   Date: 11/9/11 Bookmark and Share

Julia Child Day 2011

'Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today'

Carole Murko ‘83, the creator, host and executive producer of Heirloom Meals, will speak at her alma mater on Thursday, Nov. 17, in celebration of Smith’s seventh annual Julia Child Day.

Julia Child '34.

View the Julia Child Day poster (pdf).

The annual occasion, which has become a favorite event among students, celebrates the passion of late alumna Julia Child ’34, author of a dozen cookbooks and host of the long-running PBS television series The French Chef, who is credited with changing the way we think about food in America.

Murko's talk will begin at 4:15 p.m. in the Campus Center Carroll Room. A reception will follow in the Campus Center.

Murko launched her company with the tagline “Savoring Yesterday’s Traditions Today,” based on the concept that there are many culinary artists who have been trained by their mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers or other family members, as was the case in Murko’s own life.

According to her website, Heirloom Meals offers “a multi-media culinary journey into the kitchens and gardens of anyone who has a treasured family recipe with the goal of exploring our diverse culinary history and preserving our ancestors' tried and true recipes and dining traditions.”

Heirloom Meals Radio is broadcast on National Public Radio each weekend and Murko regularly conducts food demonstrations on NBC Channel 13 in Albany.

“Our mission is to preserve the tradition of heritage foods/recipes by delving into the rich and diverse cultural food histories that make up the melting pot of the United States and paying tribute to the dying art of cooking from scratch,” Murko writes on her website.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in economics from Smith, Murko earned a master’s in international economics from New York University.

Her talk will be the keynote address of the annual event. As part of the celebration, Child’s recipes will be served in student dining rooms and the Campus Center Café during the day.

Julia Child Day is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the college and Dining Services.

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