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The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts

Julia Child made cooking fun. She inspired millions to take to the kitchen and appreciate the pleasures of making and eating good food. In 1995, Julia had the foresight to establish The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts to further her far-reaching impact as a teacher and mentor after her death. Since 2004, the Foundation, through grants made to other non-profit organizations and by presenting the Julia Child Award, continues Julia’s legacy, educating and encouraging others to live well through the joys of cooking, eating and drinking well.



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2019 Julia Child Award Recipient

Congratulations to chef, restaurateur and humanitarian José Andrés, the recipient of the 5th annual Julia Child Award. For more on Andrés and the Julia Child Award, visit the Julia Child Award web site.

Save the Date!

Join us to celebrate the life and legacy of Julia Child at the inaugural Santa Barbara Culinary Experience, coming March 13–15, 2020 and showcasing the region’s vibrant culinary, hospitality and wider artisan community. For information, visit the SBCE web site.

Inside Julia’s Kitchen

The Foundation is in season six of our podcast, Inside Julia’s Kitchen, on Heritage Radio Network. Tune in to hear host Todd Schulkin interview the people shaping the way we cook and think about food.

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Julia ChildMonday, October 14th, 2019 at 4:08am
Did you know there’s an opera about Julia? “Bon Appétit!,” written by composer Lee Hoiby and originated by actress Jean Stapleton, is a short, one-woman opera that sets Julia’s recipe for a decadent chocolate cake to music. The opera debuted at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Art on March 8, 1989, with Hoiby accompanying Stapleton on piano, and it continues to be performed around the country to this day. To learn more about “Bon Appétit!” and read correspondence from Julia, read this article from Schlesinger Library | Radcliffe Institute | Harvard University, which is home to Julia’s papers.
https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/schlesinger-library/blog/musical-feast-julia-child-jean-stapleton-and-opera-about-cake
Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 at 3:23am
Curious about @Eater Young Guns? Listen to Inside Julia’s Kitchen for a conversation with one of its editors @OsayiEndolyn @Heritage_Radio @oxfordamerican https://t.co/oRsXEIKCAf
Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 at 3:00am
Jean Stapleton originated the role of Julia in “Bon Appétit!” a short opera that sets one of Julia’s recipes to music, but it continues to be performed around the country.
https://t.co/DLhzMxHOHV
Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 at 12:16am
On this week’s Inside Julia’s Kitchen, writer and editor @OsayiEndolyn shares her #juliamoment @Heritage_Radio @oxfordamerican Listen, subscribe and rate the podcast on iTunes: https://t.co/oRsXEIKCAf
Monday, October 14th, 2019 at 10:36pm
“Bon Appétit!” is a short opera that sets Julia’s chocolate cake recipe to music. Read how the opera came to be:
https://t.co/DLhzMxHOHV
Monday, October 14th, 2019 at 1:09am
Did you know there’s an opera about Julia? It’s called “Bon Appétit!” and you can read about, including what Julia thought about the idea, here: https://t.co/DLhzMxHOHV
Friday, October 11th, 2019 at 12:23am
Is all food writing political? We’re asking writer and editor @OsayiEndolyn on this week’s Inside Julia’s Kitchen @oxfordamerican @Heritage_Radio Listen, subscribe and rate the podcast on iTunes:
https://t.co/oRsXEIKCAf