Dinner and a movie at CIA conjure Julia Child

“Women-in-the-kitchen” takes on a wholly fresh meaning when Women’s History Month is celebrated at the Culinary Institute of America. A series of three films is being screened each Friday evening to focus on female icons and leaders in the mostly-male industry.

This Friday’s screening in the Marriott Pavilion on the CIA campus will be Julie and Julia, the 2009 film honoring Julia Child in a story that has Julie Powell replicating all 524 recipes in the culinary queen’s landmark cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Powell’s best-selling memoir of the same name, subtitled My Year of Cooking Dangerously, set the 30-something’s tedious life on a new course; the film (with screenplay written by Nora Ephron) also highlights the life of Julia Child, which was never a tedious one, but demonstrates how learning to cook changed everything for her, too.


Start the evening off by indulging in a four-course French feast at the Bocuse Restaurant with a perfect bowl of French onion soup gratinée, a sumptuous quenelle of fish and a hearty beef Bourguignon, finished off with brandy cherry claflouti and almond milk ice cream. C’Est magnifique. That prix fixe menu should put us all in a bon mood.

Dinner and a movie at the CIA
Friday, March 8
Dinner 7 p.m., Bocuse Restaurant
Film 9:30 p.m., Marriott Pavilion
$55 + beverages/tax/service charge
1946 Campus Dr. (Rte. 9)
Hyde Park
(845) 451-1012