It wasn’t too long ago that The COOKbook took you on a photographic tour of Le Bec Fin, reinvigorated under the watch of new owner Nicolas Fanucci (left) and chef Walter Abrams (right), French Laundry alums who have injected The House That Perrier Built with new energy and purpose. Now that they’ve had a few months to settle in, earning a rave review from Philly Mag in the process, the team has started organizing special events. This Wednesday, August 15, the restaurant will participate in Julia Child Restaurant Week, a nationwide celebration honoring the great American-born ambassador of French cuisine, with a special menu served offered in LBF’s more casual Chez Georges.
Child, famous for her cookbooks and television presence (and less famous for her war propaganda and drug dealing), will be honored on what would’ve been her 100th birthday with a three-course, $60 meal ($85 with wine pairings). Arrive at Chez Georges at 6:30 for cocktails and canapes ahead of the seated meal, which will commence at 7 p.m.; classic dishes like Lobster American (above), bouillabaisse, French onion soup and Crêpe Suzette (flambéed tableside, of course) will receive the LBF treatment. With haute tastings at the restaurant running $150 a head, this is an extraordinary value. Call 215-567-1000 for reservations. And if you can’t make it on Wednesday, don’t forget that COOK carries Child’s double-wide Mastering the Art of French Cooking, in case you’d like to pull a Julie Powell.
Photos: Yoni Nimrod (top) and Dan Engongoro (bottom)