Child Day 2011
Murko ‘83, the creator,
host and executive producer of will speak at her alma
mater on Thursday, Nov. 17, in celebration of Smith’s
seventh annual Julia Child Day.
Julia Child '34.
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
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.