Local fave Bistro AIX is one of 100 restaurants across the country who were invited to participate in Julia Child Restaurant Week - celebration of the cultural icon and culinary legend's 100th Birthday on August 15th.
From August 7th – 15th, Bistro AIX will feature a special menu with dishes inspired by 100 of Julia’s most cherished recipes, handpicked from a list of 3,417 by a jury of culinary luminaries such as her longtime editor and close friend, Judith Jones, Jacques Pepin, Thomas Keller, Ruth Reichl and Danny Meyer. Coincidentally, the JC100 menu coincides with Bistro AIX’s 13-year anniversary.
“When selecting the menu, the sous chefs and I first looked to those that were appealing to our own tastes,” explained Tom Gray, Executive Chef / Operating Partner of Bistro AIX. “Secondly, and as importantly, we chose items where the majority of ingredients could be sourced locally and sustainably, just as we do for our regular seasonal menus.”
Bistro AIX’s Julia Child Restaurant Week menu includes her favorite cocktail, the Upside-Down Martini, made with vermouth and a splash of gin ($9); two starters: Chicken Liver Pâté - Ashley Farms chicken liver pâté with cornichons, coarse mustard and toast ($11), and Vichyssoise - cold potato and leek soup ($9); two entrées: Supremes de Volaille Archiduc - Ashley Farms roasted chicken with house-made noodles, pearl onions, Black Hog Farm spinach and paprika-cream sauce ($23), and Bouillabaisse with Maine lobster, oak-fired fish, shrimp, and Blue Hill Bay mussels served over French bread ($34); and two desserts: Charlotte Malakoff au Chocolat with ladyfingers, almond cream and chocolate ($8), and Crème Brûlée ($8).