Rehoboth Beach Museum to show 'The French Chef' March 7

January 19, 2014
Julia Child happily wields a pounding utensil in an episode of "The French Chef." SOURCE SUBMITTED

The Rehoboth Beach Museum will present the screening of a PBS special, "The French Chef, Julia Child," at 7 p.m., Friday, March 7. The video is part of a special collection of six original black-and-white episodes broadcast during the 1960s. The series is said to have changed the way Americans related to food.

“I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate," said Child. In 1948 after the war, Child moved to France and grew to love French cuisine. Her goal was to adapt the sophisticated style of French cooking and present it to mainstream America. In collaboration with two other fellow students of the world-famous Cordon Bleu cooking school, she released the cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in September 1961. Her transition to cooking and the love of French cuisine in the late 1940s was quite different from her earlier years as a research assistant in communications for the Office of Strategic Services, a newly formed government intelligence agency.

Admission for this event is free for Rehoboth Beach Museum members and $5 for nonmembers. Reservations are required; call 302-227-7310. The Rehoboth Beach Museum is at 511 Rehoboth Ave. next to the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center. Parking is available, and the museum is handicapped accessible. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays and Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays.

All are invited to become members of the Rehoboth Beach Museum. Membership allows individuals to participate in the discovery and preservation of Rehoboth Beach history. As well, members receive benefits that include discounts for specific events, newsletters and social media updates.

The museum will open its fourth year presentation of individual artistic needlework Saturday, March 15, with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m.. The exhibit will be on display until May 11.