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1789 Julia's 90th birthday dinner on PBS tonight

zora | Aug 19, 2004 01:43 AM

After an interesting one-hour American Masters documentary about Julia Child, the local PBS affiliate (WETA) showed a locally produced half-hour documentary of the 90th birthday dinner that Ris Lacoste put on for Julia at 1789 two years ago. It coincided with the opening of the Smithsonian exhibit of Julia's kitchen.

Very interesting behind the scenes view of the preparation and the event itself. When it came time for the dessert course, Ris Lacoste talked about the peach cobbler with honey ice cream-- featuring ingredients from Toigo Orchard, a favorite of mine at the Dupont Circle Market. (They are also at Arlington market on Saturdays.)She didn't mention the source of any other ingredients, except the wine. But she did talk about the fabulous peach and apple blossom honey, which she used to flavor the ice cream. It really is exquisite honey.

Just after that dinner two years ago, Lacoste was a guest chef at the market, and provided free samples of the peach cobbler and ice cream and handed out the recipe. It was quite tasty. I envy the lucky people who attended the dinner for Julia.

But we are lucky, because we can get Toigo peaches and their honey, too. Better hurry, though, because peach season is nearly at an end. Of course, then they'll have apples and pears...

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