4 Inspired Tastes

Courtney Cummings | August 1, 2017 | Feature Features

Here, we ask O.C.'s gourmands how the endearingly quirky Julia Child influenced them, just in time for her would-be 105th birthday.
The best-selling French onion soup at Laurent Brazier's Bistro Papillote

1. Bistro Papillote
Frenchman Laurent Brazier channels Child’s love of the culture’s fare into his onion soup ($9). But “it’s not easy,” he warns. It requires strategic techniques from the caramelized onions to the broth with brandy to the Gruyere.

2. Mesa
For Niki Starr Weyler, her red wine-braised short rib with gnocchi, creminis and caramelized onions in a sherry sauce ($26) comes to mind. “It uses the skills I learned while cooking my way through her [recipes].”

3. Provenance
Keeping it fresh was one of Child’s fundamentals (think her nicoise), and Cathy Pavlos pays her M.O. a tribute and twist with her wild ahi salad ($19)—made with avo. “Instead of Julia’s potatoes, we have our avocados: What is California without them?”

4. Vine
Jared Cook uses her bĂ©arnaise in his frenched bone-in Angus beef rib-eye ($38), and he just named his second daughter after her: “I think Julia would’ve approved!"



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