Stereotypes aside (as well as they fact that they were born 143 years apart) today marks the anniversaries of both these historic figures’ births. Two Chicago restaurants are honoring the day in their own way.
Start at Maison, which is giving a free picnic lunch to the first 100 guests starting at 11:30 AM. The dine-in meal includes demi-baguette, pate, mixed green salad, eggs mayonnaise and accompaniments. For those who miss the freebie, all wine will be on tap for $2.43 (Napoleon’s age) until 11 PM.
That evening, Old Town Social will feature a three-course meal for $30 with dishes exclusively from Julia’s cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” The dinner begins with Nicoise salad then a choice of chicken broiled with mustard, potato gratin or fresh artichokes braised with wine, garlic and herbs. The evening concludes, as it should, not with birthday cake but French strawberry shortcake made with rum-soaked brioche.
Take part of the celebration home: both volumes of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” with recopies bookmarked by chef and self-proclaimed cookbook nerd, Jared Van Camp. Win them by wishing Julia a happy birthday on Twitter to @OldTownSocial with the hashtag #cookforjulia before midnight on Friday.