Laughter echoed throughout the hallways and kitchens of Atwater's Big Kitchen in Baltimore on June 16 as Stephanie Hersh recalled her days working as executive personal assistant to Grande Dame Julia Child. Her sold-out talk was such a huge hit, the audience called for a second engagement before the afternoon was over. Stephanie shared memories of everyone's favorite French chef. Some were funny; some were touching. All were endearing.
Stephanie recounted her first work day with Julia, which included the preparation of Santa Barbara seafood stew. Saturday's lucky attendees were treated to the fish dish for lunch, prepared by our host, Nona Nielsen Parker, and accompanied by Atwater's famous bread, wine, salads with Nona's house-made dressings and scrumptious cookies and brownies. Watch for an encore from Chef Steph this fall.
Nona Nielsen Parker, Stephanie Hersh and Diane Neas at the luncheon.
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