A pizza, a salad and a surprise at the Charlotte Senior Center

Monday Munch
June 20, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., or until the food is gone
Mini pizza, Caesar salad and surprise dessert.

Julia Child created her recipe for Caesar salad from memories of enjoying the then-trendy delight as a young teen with her family at Hotel Caesar in Tijuana. Created by chef Caesar Cadi, this salad remains a favorite.

Grab-&-Go Meal
Thursday, June 23, Pick up: 10-11 a.m.
Italian chicken breast duck sauce, rice with beans, broccoli florets, cranberry sauce, strawberry shortcake.

Thursday meals are provided by Age Well and there is no charge, but be sure to register by Monday. Call or email: 802-425-6371 or email Kerrie Pugh.

Monday Munch
June 27, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., or until the food is gone
Vichyssoise, tabouli salad and rhubarb squares.

As described in The New Yorker Talk of the Town interviews with head chef at the Ritz-Carlton Louis Diat in 1943 and 1959, Vichyssoise is an American creation with French ties. Diat said that in 1917, reflecting on the potato-leek soup made by his mother and grandmother, he remembered that he and his brother cooled off the hot soup by pouring in cold milk. He named his cold soup creation at the Ritz after Vichy, then a spa not far from his hometown with no other international connotations.

Dining at the Ritz Roof Garden, industrialist robber baron Charles M. Schwab ordered the soup the first day it was on the menu — and asked for a second helping. The cooks at the Charlotte Senior Center hope you enjoy a generous bowl of this summer favorite, but please remember: Our kitchen is limited and offers no second helpings (even for industrialist robber barons).

Grab-&-Go Meal
Thursday, June 30, Pick up: 10-11 a.m.
Beef stroganoff with mushroom sauce, rotini noodles, Brussels sprouts, blueberry crisp.

Ritz-Carlton head Chef Diat, mentioned above, had a few words to say about sauce: “Use good cream … and good wine and you can make people enjoy eating chicken wings.” We doubt that Age Well uses wine in their sauce, but they don’t ask you to eat chicken wings either. Some of Diat’s food innovations did not have the staying power of Vichyssoise, but the fact that they ranged from chicken Gloria Swanson to pears Geraldine Farrar gives a hint of his staying power in the Ritz kitchen.

For musical delight, consider “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Besides enjoying the music, you can watch Paul Newman’s bike ride here.