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Julia Child's 100th at One of Kelowna's Best Restaurants:Les Dames d’Escoffier of British Columbia, a society of accomplished women helping other women in food related fields, arranged a province wide dinner celebrating the 100th birthday of much loved Julia Child on Wednesday. I was lucky enough to live in a city where one of my favourite restaurants, Waterfront Restaurant & Wine Bar, offered a 4 course meal inspired by Child’s most iconic dishes.
After we were served our first glass of wine selected to be paired with our first two courses Chef Mark Filatow emerged from the kitchen to welcome us, point out his DVD collection of Child playing on the bar’s television and explain the menu he selected for the evening of Julia Child’s birthday celebration.
The menu was divided in two, the first two dishes are what represent his restaurant, what he described as a fusion between French and Asian with Okanagan ingredients. The final two dishes are from Child’s repertoire with Filatow’s own spin on them.
Our plates were happily cleaned and in the end I half forgot about dessert. A mid-size plate full of baked apples surrounded by a crumbly crust seemed daunting at first until we slowly dipped out forks into vanilla ice cream, an apple and flakes of crust. Before we knew it the dish was practically eaten and we were testing our limits of capacity. A few more glasses of wine and we needed a walk along Kelowna’s waterfront.
Chef Mark Filatow is competing in the 2013 Gold Medal Plates Canadian Culinary Championships. Bon Appetit!