Julia Child Day
With an annual event that has become a favorite among students, Smith celebrates the passion of alumna Julia Child, class of 1934. Author of a dozen cookbooks and host of the long-running PBS television series The French Chef, Child is credited with changing the way we think about food in America.
Julia Child Day is November 15
Students, start your day with chocolate hazelnut croissants. Move on to lunch and enjoy croque monsieur, niçoise salad, double chocolate sable cookies and other treats. For dinner, baked brie en croute, coq au vin, beef bourguignon, creamy French lentils with mushroom and kale. The finale: orange crème brûlée, chocolate almond cake and Alsatian apple pudding. The Café will offer lunch specials for the community including French onion soup, beef bourguignon, ratatouille, pear and gorgonzola pizza and plum galette.
The first Julia Child Day, held in 2004, featured a panel discussion, “Julia Child: A Zest for Living,” a celebration of food, pleasure and culture. Various themes since then have included “How Communities Come Together Through Food” and “What I Learned in the Kitchen.”
About Julia Child
Julia Child ’34, author of a dozen cookbooks and host of the long-running PBS television series The French Chef, is credited with changing the way we think about food in America. Her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking provided culinary aspirants with one of the most accessible collections of French recipes available in English.
Child received the French Legion of Honor in 2000 and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003. She received honorary doctorates from Harvard University, Johnson & Wales University, Brown University and, in 1985, Smith College.
Child donated her house in Cambridge, Mass., where she had lived from 1956 to 2001, to Smith. She donated her kitchen, which served as the set for three of her television series, to the National Museum of American History, where it is now on display.
Proceeds from the sale of the house supported construction of the Campus Center. An etching on a window of the Campus Center Café honors her generosity to the college.