"Julie & Julia," perhaps the most hyped food-themed movie since "Like Water For Chocolate" opens today, and a few places are offering Julia Child-themed deals of their own.
In honor of Child's birthday on Aug. 15, Platine Sweets & Savories has chosen a few of its favorite dessert recipes from "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and is inviting patrons to vote via blog, Facebook, e-mail, Twitter or in person on which dessert it should feature during the week of her birthday. Choices are: peach tart, lemon and almond tart, crepe cake, blackberry clafouti, the Queen of Sheba (a chocolate cake with a slightly underdone center), palmiers cookies, or almond biscotti. 10850 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 559-9933, www.platinecookies.com.
Comme Ca celebrates Child in three different ways. First, at their "block party," 3-7 p.m. Sunday, they'll serve four dishes inspired by Child's classic French recipes (each $7): roasted asparagus with hollandaise sauce; garlic sausage en croute, brioche, fried egg; vitello tonnato, sweetbreads, sauce au thon; and potato-Gruyere croquettes. They'll also have a 200-pound block of ice that bartenders will chip away at for three special cocktails ($5). Second, on Aug. 14-15 they'll offer a five-course tasting menu ($65/person; dinner only) featuring gravlax canapes, vichyssoise, crab-stuffed artichoke bottoms, lobster Thermidor, beef Wellington and berry crepes. And finally, for those with fat wallets, they'll celebrate by opening three First Growth Bordeaux from the 1997 vintage. Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Chateau Latour and Chateau Mouton-Rothschild will all be available by taste (3 oz.), glass, carafe and bottle -- all at a discount. ($210/bottle). Wines will be available Aug. 9-15. 8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. (323) 782-1104, www.commecarestaurant.com.
-- Elina Shatkin
Photo: Meryl Streep portrays Julia Child in a scene from "Julie & Julia." Credit: Jonathan Wenk / Associated Press