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Peninsula Grill Hosts Tribute to Julia Child

May 11, 2015

Peninsula Grill Hosts Bad Bitches’ Tribute to Julia Child

Dubbed “the coolest new supper club” by Food & Wine magazine, Charleston’s newly launched Bad Bitches dinner series pays homage to culinary grand dame Julia Child with its second event: a seated dinner at Peninsula Grill’s Garden Room on May 18th.

The 60-seat Julia Child fanfare dinner, which sold out within several hours, will feature Peninsula Grill Executive Pastry Chef Claire Chapman as well as chefs Kim Floresca (One Restaurant), Emily Hahn (Warehouse), and RaeLynn Vasquez (Heart Woodfire Kitchen) for a seated multi-course dinner. The menu will be directly inspired by Child’s trailblazing 1960s culinary career and groundbreaking cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

“We finally have a strong group of female chefs and hospitality leaders in Charleston, which is awesome,” says Peninsula Grill Executive Pastry Chef Claire Chapman. “Now that we have a clear voice in the culinary community, we can help young ladies achieve their own culinary dreams and goals with this scholarship.

The Bad Bitches supper club is designed to showcase outstanding local female culinary talent while raising funds to support the next generation of female chefs. Peninsula Grill has pledged to match the $4,480 scholarship proceeds raised by ticket sales for the May 18th dinner.

Chapman, a native of South Africa, did not learn of Julia Child until she moved to America late in her teenage years; however, the attraction to the was immediate.

“What a powerhouse! Julia showed us that we women can do it, too,” says Chapman. “She taught us to never be afraid to get in the kitchen, get messy, and make mistakes because every chef must learn for herself what ideas and techniques work. Julia made an impression on me, and I’m honored to celebrate her passion with our dinner on May 18th.”