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Julia Child and AIWF

Anyone who loves food and wine knows the debt we owe to Julia Child. She did as much as anyone, and more than most, to introduce North Americans to the joys of eating and drinking well; and her influence has reached not only the U.S. and Canada but all the civilized world.

Author of a dozen cookbooks and hostess of an array of food-related television programs, Child burst into public view as "The French Chef" in 1963. Her individual style, easily parodied but easy to love, made her an unexpected culinary icon, a status that has lasted to this day.

Well into her 80s but still going strong, Child recently announced plans to leave Cambridge, Mass., her home for the past 40 years, for the comfort of a retirement home in her native California.

While most of us won't be in a position to take first-person advantage of this opportunity, I thought you might enjoy knowing about a gala benefit event that takes place the day after tomorrow as Child's Boston-area friends bid their favorite "foodie" farewell.

It's a lavish, five-course dinner in her honor at the Boston Harbor Hotel, with a squadron of the city's top chefs - Jody Adams, Tony Ambrose, Evan Deluty, Todd English, Stan Frankenthaler, Gordon Hamersley, Barbara Lynch, Jamie Mammano, Frank McClelland, and the hotel's executive chef Daniel Bruce - presiding in the kitchen.

The dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the hotel's Wharf Room. A live auction featuring wines, hotel packages, restaurant meals and Child memorabilia go on throughout the evening.

It's not an inexpensive evening out: Tickets are $300 per person. But it's in a worthy cause, with all proceeds going to the American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF), a non-profit educational organization devoted to promoting the message of health and well-being through the enjoyment of good food and drink. Child is a founding member of AIWF, making this event a fitting capstone to a great public life.

If you're interested in the dinner, you can make reservations at (617) 439-7000, Ext. 2523. For information about Boston Harbor Hotel, its Website is

To learn more about the American Institute of Wine & Food, click to its Website,

Wine Toon Calendar 2002:
A year of wine and laughter

Wine lovers won't want to miss our new Wine Toon Calendar, only from Wine Lovers Page! This monthly wall calendar contains a chuckle-worthy collection of cartoonist Chuck Stoudt's zany wine 'toons ... plus dozens of favorite wine quotes for every season, AND more than 100 highlighted Wine Web Links, two every week!

Buy one for your wine cellar and another for your office ... and they make great gifts! Offer them in your wine store, your catalog, or your wine club (contact us by E-mail for information about wholesale prices for re-selling).

Order the Wine Toon Calendar at It's only $11.99 (plus $2 shipping and handling for U.S. shipments, $4 for all other countries). Buy one for yourself, and more for your wine-loving friends, and you'll be all set for holiday giving!

(Those of you who pre-ordered your calendars, by the way, should receive them soon: The first printing went out by first-class mail last week.)

This is Wine Advisor Express, daily edition of The 30 Second Wine Advisor, distributed Tuesdays through Fridays. For archives of previous articles, and to read more about wine, visit Wine Lovers' Page,

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Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001
Copyright 2001 by Robin Garr. All rights reserved.

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