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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Julie & Julia: a Hollywood Moment for YOU!

I’m not able to make it to Los Angeles for an exclusive screening of Julie and Julia Movie, but would love to choose one of you to be my correspondent, travel paid for! If you’re free this Thursday, July 9th – watch the video!

About Julie and Julia Movie:

“Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and Julie Powell (Amy Adams) are featured in writer-director Nora Ephron’s adaptation of two bestselling memoirs: Powell’s Julie & Julia and My Life in France, by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme. Based on two true stories, Julie & Julia intertwines the lives of two women who, though separated by time and space, are both at loose ends…until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.” ~Columbia Pictures

The event takes place on Thursday, July 9th (yes, this Thurs)

  • Exclusive screening of movie at the Arclight Theater on Sunset (movie doesn’t premiere until August…you’re getting a private screening!)
  • Cooking demontration
  • Meet Julie Powell, Susan Spungen and Le Cordon Bleu Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey at the California School of Culinary Arts, Hollywood
  • Food styling how-to
  • Discussion about Julia Child and movie
  • After this event (closer to the date of premier), there will be opportunities for interviews with the stars of Julie and Julia, movie tickets as giveaways.

So are you free this week? Here’s what I’m looking for:

  • A food blogger to be the Steamy Kitchen correspondent – attend all of the events for that day, take photos, short video clips (optional). Would love for you to grab a couple of fantastic recipes to share from the cooking demonstration.
  • Be a guest blogger on Steamy Kitchen, write a post on your trip and the event!
  • If you’re in Los Angeles, great! No flights necessary. If you’re not in LA, Sony Pictures will take care of your airfare, hotel for 2 nights and car transportation.


Are you available? Please only enter if you’re seriously interested and available. Because if I choose you and then find out you can’t go…I will come over and pour wine on your keyboard. Enter in the comments (don’t email me)

If you don’t want to enter, but just want to comment with something nice like throwing your support for a particular person, go ahead. I’m all ears.

If you have nothing nice to say, go stuff a chicken. A smelly one.

Tell me in 100 words or less, why we should pick YOU! I’m looking for someone with a fun voice, who can take decent photos and can FedEx me a Kogi BBQ taco! <- just kidding. You don’t have to be a chef, professional writer, photographer or anything. Just someone FUN with genuine enthusiasm and love for food.

I’ll email the winner directly Monday evening by 7pm EST. You’ve gotta respond back to me ASAP because we’ve got so little time to coordinate travel!



More information about Julie and Julia Movie

Julie & Julia: The Movie

Julie/Julia Project (the blog that started it all)

Julie Powell’s Blog

Mighty Appetite: First Taste of Julie and Julia

Ruhlman: Julie & Julia

Food & Wine: The Julie & Julia Movie

Simply Recipes: Julie & Julia Trailer

Amateur Gourmet: Live with Julie Powell

274 Responses to “Julie & Julia: a Hollywood Moment for YOU!”

  1. Whitney — 7/6/09 @ 12:14 pm

    Alejandra Ramos from: http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com would be spectacular!

  2. Carole — 7/6/09 @ 12:14 pm

    Please pick me for this incredible opportunity. I am the perfect candidate because
    1) I love all things food,
    2) I can take good photos,
    3) I am available and
    I WILL DO A GOOD JOB (and represent you with respect).
    In addition, I have been quite curious about this movie project since I heard about it. Julia Child has been an inspiration (alongside my Chinese mother) in terms of cooking ever since I began my exploration of the kitchen.

  3. Marla — 7/6/09 @ 12:24 pm

    Top Five Reasons Why I Should Go to LA for Julie and Julia:

    5. Flexible. I’m a teacher and have the summers ‘off’! My bags are packed!
    4. I’m from LA – and could work in a sneak visit with family.
    3. I’m not a professional food blogger…this could really give a unique perspective to all of your readers, like me, who enjoy your blog.
    2. As a teacher, I’m a lifelong learner and learning more about cooking and techniques would be a wonderful learning experience and then sharing it with you and your readers would be a great teaching experience.
    And the number one reason why I should go to LA for the movie screening……..
    I love eating and cooking food !!

  4. Lisa — 7/6/09 @ 12:26 pm

    SarahMC is your girl. She is a fantastic chef herself, and I don’t know anyone who can articulate her food-related ideas as well as she can. She’ll do a bang-up job for your blog, and her photos will bring the event to life. Check out her pics so you can see what a treat you’ll be in for: http://picasaweb.google.com/sarahmc. Your readers will have it good if Sarah’s on the other end of the line. Don’t miss out on the opportunity for Sarah to be your reporter!

  5. Henry — 7/6/09 @ 12:26 pm

    Just thought I’d point out that Lorna Yee has been endorsed by such respected journalists as a 2-time James Beard award winning food writer, an IACP award winning writer, one of the Saveur 100, and her husband who loves her very much ;)

  6. Lorraine Goldberg — 7/6/09 @ 12:34 pm

    I’d like to nominate Lorna Yee, she’s well versed in various mediums- food, fashion (she is always perfect dressed), photography and the media. Lorna has great attention to detail as exhibited in her cooking, she used to run an underground restaurant club that honestly that was awesome. She’s also a contributing writer for Seattle Magazine, our guide to what’s happening in food, culture & style in Seattle. Most of all, her blog http://www.thecookbookchronicles.com/blog/ speaks for itself. Lorna is your ideal candidate!

  7. Katie — 7/6/09 @ 12:36 pm

    Alejandra of Always order Dessert is not only the best cook in the world, she has the smile and personality to go with it! Whether a dinner party at her NYC apartment, or a blog post on her food blog http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com , her hysterical humor, bubbly personality, and knowledge of food is clearly seen. I know she will be chosen and I look forward to following her in this project! Go Alejandra!

  8. Kristina Vanni — 7/6/09 @ 12:41 pm

    When I want something really bad, (like this gig as your guest blogger!) I have to stop and ask myself WWJD* and consult my Bible.**

    I began to imagine how Julia herself would pick a representative to attend this historic event. With her stealth CIA training, my experience as a food blogger and award-winning cook would reveal itself. She would value my photography and video skills. In the end, Julia would most appreciate my lighthearted humor and know that I share her boundless passion for food and fun!

    *”What Would Julia Do?”
    **”Mastering the Art of French Cooking”

  9. Wendy Richman — 7/6/09 @ 12:52 pm

    Hi Jaden! I can’t go ;-( but would like to throw my support to a very very dear friend of mine, SarahMC. She’s a phenomenal all-around person and would bring a bit of sincerity to the schmooze-fest part of Hollywood, and she also has plenty of fancy dresses from her career as a professional cellist. Sarah had a stressful and busy spring preparing for the MCAT and writing med school apps, but a few of the things that helped her maintain her sanity were cooking, reading foodie books, and catching up on food blogs. She’s currently training to climb Kilimanjaro at the end of the month (http://firstclimb.typepad.com/), and a little side trip to CA might be exactly what she needs to rejuvenate before her final training push.

    Sarah is a sweet and fun person who is very unassuming, but she’s also a Harvard- and Juilliard-educated foodie-cellist-future-doctor who throws herself 200% into everything she does. If you pick her to go to the premiere, I can guarantee that she will get everything possible out of the experience, and her wrap-up blog post will be something special.

  10. Cynthia — 7/6/09 @ 12:56 pm

    I second Alejandra of http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com. Her scrumptious cooking, great writing and charisma would be perfect for this!

  11. Dana — 7/6/09 @ 1:05 pm

    I vote for Lorna Yee! I’ve watched her food writing career blossom/explode here in Seattle and clamour for any new writing of hers. Did I mention she’s sweet as a pickle too? Do pick her.

  12. Rocky — 7/6/09 @ 1:05 pm

    I would add on to the votes for Lorna Yee, she’ll be great.

  13. Beri — 7/6/09 @ 1:09 pm

    Hi!! I would like to nominate Alejandra of Always Order Dessert.

    She is my favorite cousin! the person I respect the most, love and the best cook in the world.

    She always smiles and brightens your day and her food is the reflection of that!

    Her food blog http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com , is the best! and her food is divine!!!

    Alejandra is your ideal candidate!

  14. Kelly — 7/6/09 @ 1:10 pm

    Hope I’m not too late to add my name!

    Julie & Julia is the book that inspired ME to start cooking (and blogging). I’d just separated from my husband and was living alone for the first time in 13 years. I was reading Powell’s book and was so inspired by her. Without cable or Internet at home, I started cooking at least one new recipe each week. Since then, I got a part-time job teaching cooking classes at a small cooking school in St. Louis. I’ve also gotten into the foodie/blogger world more, locally and nationally (I’m attending the BlogHer in Chicago later this month). Cooking is my passion, my therapy, my tool for living the good life.

    I’d LOVE to go on this trip!

    Sounding My Barbaric Gulp!

  15. Tim Poole — 7/6/09 @ 1:11 pm

    Megan Blocker

    Is the best Chef that I know – can take any food and make it an epicurian delight. Shr also is a fantastic reporter and love her blog and the reciepes are great for the quick good wholesome meal.

    Blog is Queenie takes manhattan


  16. Zahavah (Gayle) — 7/6/09 @ 1:18 pm

    Hi Jaden.

    What an awesome opp and I’d love to take you up on it if possible. I am free on Thursday and would offer a unique point of view (which may or may not appeal to people). I think I’m funny, and some people do as well. I just got back from Panama with over 1000 frames, met with a bunch of chefs and ate at almost every kosher restaurant in Panama City, in the 4 days before I headed out to the islands (Bocas del Toro). As a new blogger, I really like what a chef said to me in Panama — food is less about tasting and more about learning…so I would take this opportunity to further my education. I also have friends in LA who could probably help out with videos as necessary.

    Good luck to everyone!



  17. anne — 7/6/09 @ 1:21 pm

    lorna yee is the best food person i know. please send her!

  18. Why you should pick me:

    I’m stealthy. So stealthy in fact you can’t even see what I typed between list sentence and the one before it. The space appears blank.

    I have so many cameras that even if professionally frisked, I will get at least two cameras through so I can shoot even the intimate of shots.

    My wife knows that if Meryl Streep hits up on me, the answer is yes.

    I’m already packed.

    I sit quietly in most plane seats; most.

    I’ve written six computer books and that give me no edge on the others applying to go.

    I was an ACF certified sous chef. I set my expectations lower and undramatically achieved them.

    My food blog has much fewer readers than yours does and if I get to go, it will always have fewer readers than yours. I swear it.

    I’ve stolen every bit of this information from others attempting to win contents although they’ve never won. By doing so, I’m attempting to right the wrongs of the universe. It’s unlikely that will be the case.

    I wish myself luck.

    I have access to a corporate FedEx account.


  19. vanessa rubio — 7/6/09 @ 1:26 pm

    Alejandra of Always Order Dessert is your lady. She keeps anyone and everyone entertained and on their toes through her writing and fantastic mouth watering dinner parties. She has class, sass, and a cooking ability that makes you feel truly loved.

  20. Marcie Ver Ploeg — 7/6/09 @ 1:34 pm

    My I “frame” my Julia memories by helping you, Jaden? I’m one of hundreds to share Julia’s camaraderie in IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Our first 1:1 chat wasn’t culinary, but in a hotel bar at midnight, divulging our mutual mastectomies, prior to pink ribbons.
    Fast forward to phoning to arrange a “walk-through” of her Cambridge house before a video interview. Spontaneously, I asked, “Could I bring lunch?” Julia’s hearty reply, “That would be lovely” brought an adrenaline rush, then panic. What does an Iowa farm girl turned “foodie” bring on a pre-dawn, 400-mile flight to serve in Julia’s kitchen?
    The answer? After I complete my hoped-for assignment in LA!
    (Yes to photo capabilities).

  21. Marcie Ver Ploeg — 7/6/09 @ 1:36 pm

    May I “frame” my Julia memories by helping you, Jaden? I’m one of hundreds to share Julia’s camaraderie in IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Our first 1:1 chat wasn’t culinary, but in a hotel bar at midnight, divulging our mutual mastectomies, prior to pink ribbons.
    Fast forward to phoning to arrange a “walk-through” of her Cambridge house before a video interview. Spontaneously, I asked, “Could I bring lunch?” Julia’s hearty reply, “That would be lovely” brought an adrenaline rush, then panic. What does an Iowa farm girl turned “foodie” bring on a pre-dawn, 400-mile flight to serve in Julia’s kitchen?
    The answer? After I complete my hoped-for assignment in LA!
    (Yes to photo capabilities).

  22. D.C. Vito — 7/6/09 @ 1:38 pm

    I’ve known Alejandra over at http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com for a long while, and there is one magnificent thing about her that shines through: her passion for making magic and excitement in her cooking. I’ve had the pleasure to taste, hear about and read of her numerous epicurean masterpieces.

    She’s your ideal candidate for this opportunity. Just perfect.

  23. Bettina Hempel — 7/6/09 @ 1:42 pm

    I agree with Vanessa: Alejandra Ramos would be perfect for the job!

  24. Kristina Vanni's Mom, Debbie — 7/6/09 @ 1:42 pm

    I would like to add support for Kristina Vanni to be considered for this honor. Hanging in Kristina Vanni’s Los Angeles kitchen is a framed letter to her from Julia Child herself. Kristina has been cooking since she was 8 years old, but in addition to that, she was a national award-winning ventriloquist in her youth. Because of her love for everything Julia, she had a puppet custom-made in Julia’s likeness. Word of this puppet got back to Julia Child. Julia wrote Kristina a wonderful letter about the puppet and the letter is framed and still hangs in Kristina’s kitchen. Kristina has won numerous cooking competitions over the years. She recently has been chosen to compete in the National Beef Cook-Off in September, an event in which Julia was once a judge. In addition to her blog, Kristina has had extensive experience in front of a camera, has made food commercials, not to mention a lifelong love of everything Juila. Being her mother, I know I am a little prejudiced, but I cannot imagine anyone more suited for this, and who would love it more, than Kristina!

  25. Grifila frondosa — 7/6/09 @ 1:46 pm

    Although this trip sounds “fairly tempting”, I’m waiting for the Dinner with Jaden prize when the fab new Steamy Kitchen cookbook launches (or drops as they say nowadays).

    Now that’s a real prize we all can look forward to.


  26. stephendix — 7/6/09 @ 1:50 pm

    My vote is for Tucson Food Dude – Out of all those I know who appreciate food and understand the science behind what makes it work (and taste great!), Tucson Food Dude has the ability to talk and write about it with an engaging and humorous tone.

    Again my vote is all for Tucson Food Dude.

  27. Sophia — 7/6/09 @ 1:51 pm

    I’m writing in support of my mom, Laura Lindekugel. She is a brilliant writer, funny (although not always intentionally), passionate, devoted, and the most amazing person I have ever known. For the last 18 years she has, for the usually tiny audience of our family, whipped up meals a la Thomas Keller. She does things like making an eight-course aphrodisiac dinner for Valentine’s Day, or whipping up 18 desserts for a tasting, or digging a pit to roast a whole goat. Did I mention passionate? She is also a wonderful photographer. When I head off to Wellesley in the fall she is starting a food blog of her own. She would be an amazing correspondent for you and she so deserves this opportunity. Please choose her!

  28. Greg Johnson — 7/6/09 @ 1:53 pm

    I vote for Lorna Yee. I am a local chef and respect her work…

  29. Willow Stelzer — 7/6/09 @ 2:00 pm

    I agree that Megan Blocker would be a great choice. She has an infectious enthusiasm and an entertaining writing style.

    Plus, I know she would relate the entire experience of being there, which is what we foodies really want, to be there vicariously.

    As an illustrative example, a few months ago she described a restaurant experience to a large group of IT folks (as an analogy to the end-to-end ‘user’ experience) and it captivated everyone in the room – they’re still talking about it!

    In sum, she’s the right (intrepid) guest blogger for the job.

  30. Jenny Galaugher — 7/6/09 @ 2:00 pm

    Look no further, I’m your gal. Love to cook, love to eat, love to share and nothing turns me on more than doing it all well. Taking pictures will be a labor of love, but don’t worry I can do it. Just finished volunteering my cooking skills for 3 months at Family Services of Greater Vancouver. Now looking for something new and interesting to do…guest blogger stint at Steamy Kitchen fits the bill. My bags are packed and I’m ready to go.

  31. Freddy — 7/6/09 @ 2:01 pm

    My sister has told me that I need to post here. But here’s the deal. Our mom, Laura Lindekugel, really would be perfect for this. She loves Julia Child. So much that our family celebrates her birthday every year on August 15th with a huge dinner. She has a bust of Julia Child in our dining room. And she is a great writer and very adventurous. When we lived in Japan, she was crazy enough to get a part on a Japanese television show and was in many hilarious commercials. Besides taking care of Sophia and me and our dad, food and cooking and reading cookbooks and writing and taking pictures are her life. I know she would be thrilled to do this.

  32. Lisa Keys — 7/6/09 @ 2:08 pm

    Without a doubt Kristina Vanni is the person for the job. She lives in LA, she is an award-winning innovative phenominal cook, she’s well-travelled, an excellent writer and photographer and she is the life of the party in front of the camera……I could go on but you probably have heard enough. You know what, I can’t stop–she is also very professional and I promise you won’t be disappointed. She really is the total package-plus she is gorgeous!Pick her or you will be kicking yourself and pouring wine on your own keyboard.


  33. Star — 7/6/09 @ 2:11 pm

    Since I’m not free (but really wish I was!!), I nominate Meg Blocker.

    1. I think she would really be able to transfer the whole experience into words beautifully.

    2. She’s a certified foodie.

    3. She has a great sense of humor as well as an elegance that is captured so well in her blog.

    So send Meg! :)

  34. Megan Stelzer — 7/6/09 @ 2:12 pm

    Meg Blocker, definitely. Not only is she an awesome writer and total foodie, she’s excited by life and people. That’s what you want in a reporter/reviewer. Send her. You won’t be sorry.

  35. Janice Elder — 7/6/09 @ 2:13 pm

    Kristina Vanni is truly amazing – a wonderful cook herself, and no one reveres Julia Child more. She has been cooking since she was little more than a toddler and has grown into a gorgeous young woman who loves food in all its guises. Her talents are multi-faceted yet she’s still grounded and sincere. She’s the one!

  36. Kara Vanni — 7/6/09 @ 2:18 pm

    My sister, Kristina Vanni, is so perfect for this job! She is such an amazing cook and foodie. I live in New York City, and when she visits me, it’s like Julia took over my tiny Manhattan kitchen. Believe me, Kristina has the heart and soul for this!

  37. Alejandra C. — 7/6/09 @ 2:19 pm

    This is a no brainer: Meg Blocker.

  38. Jaden, I love your blog. And, I have to say that I agree that Meghan Blocker or Alejandra Ramos would be my top two candidates. Their blogs are the best. I am constantly alternating between the two for recipes. And on top of that, they write like they’re paid to.

    All things being equal, I would think that Alejandra would be the better choice since she’s not from L.A. She’d give the article an extra level of enthusiasm and excitement.

  39. notblueatall — 7/6/09 @ 2:23 pm

    My friend Stephanie Stiavetti is a food writer (for several magazines), blogger (www.wasabimon.com) and coming into her own in the kitchen! She has the unique and fresh perspective of someone with both a dairy and gluten allergy and can see and taste things most people simply can’t! Plus, she’s a young and hip tech-geek…she’s everything that doesn’t currently exist in the mainstream food world (in my opinion). And if that’s not enough, she can work a room full of schmoozers with both hands tied behind her back! Believe me, if you pick her, you’ll be in for a very pleasant surprise! =0)

  40. Harry — 7/6/09 @ 2:24 pm

    Jaden, please pick Alejandra Ramos!! She has an amazing ability with words AND food. Her blog http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com is a reliable source for culinary inspiration. PICK ALEJANDRA!!!

  41. MARY LOUISE — 7/6/09 @ 2:25 pm

    Do select Kristina Vanni to attend this special event. Not only is she a very talented and creative cook, she has the poise, charm, knowledge and ability to inspire others to enjoy being in the kitchen producing delicious foods.
    Bon Appetit, Y’all!!

  42. Priscilla Yee — 7/6/09 @ 2:26 pm

    Kristina Vanni is your best pick. I have seen many of her videos, and her energy and enthusiasm about food and cooking just jump out from the screen and grab your attention. Her blog writing is very professional but friendly, just like her. Before this I didn’t know about her Julia Child obsession, but if you combine that with her natural enthusiasm, she’s going to knock your socks off!

  43. Coco — 7/6/09 @ 2:26 pm

    I would like to add support for Kristina Vanni. In addition to her food blog, Kristina is an award-winning cook and an actress with extensive experience in front of the camera! Plus, Kristina is one Julia’s biggest fans…posted in her Los Angeles kitchen is a framed letter to her from Julia Child herself! Her experience, her life-long love of everything Julia, and her lighthearted sense of humor make Kristina Vanni the perfect choice!

  44. Raphael Kumar — 7/6/09 @ 2:27 pm

    Alejandra Ramos of Always Order Dessert is clearly the right choice. Her culinary skills for crafting a dessert you’ll kill for are matched by her keen photographic eye and friendly conversational writing.

  45. Fekri — 7/6/09 @ 2:32 pm

    I do agree with Raph. Alejandra, , is your ideal candidate!

  46. k.zwick — 7/6/09 @ 2:32 pm

    hi there…

    a beyond fantastic choice would be ms. lorna yee in seattle! lorna is an exceptional cook, writer and as nice as they come…just a great gal in every way. thanks and love the site! (((kvz)))

  47. Loni Yee — 7/6/09 @ 2:35 pm

    Vote for my sister! Lorna Yee!! She is the biggest Julia Childs fan that has ever existed and her blog thecookbookchronicles.com is awesome! She is the best cook too!

  48. Missie West — 7/6/09 @ 2:40 pm

    You would love having Kristina Vanni as your choice! I have seen her perform in the comedy clubs around LA where she does stand-up comedy about food! Not only is she hilarious, but does this because of her love of the food world. It is known that in our circle of friends here is LA, if you get an invitation to a party that Kristina is throwing, people will want to buy your invite! She is very familiar with the whole LA scene and will be a perfect fit.

  49. Laney — 7/6/09 @ 2:55 pm

    I would love to have the opportunity to represent you at the screening. I am not a professional writer — yet. While I have blogged on and off for over a year, it is only recently that I have committed to resurrecting a writing career that I abandoned years ago in favor of practicing law, teaching, and working in clerical positions. Julie Powell is an inspiration to me, and her story has helped motivate me to re-connect with my passion for writing. (My review of Julie & Julia for Suite101.com won an Editor’s Choice Award there: http:// bit.ly/Ce5u7.)

    If chosen, I would definitely take off work to come, partially because it would mean so much to me, and partially because I could not stand the pain of being cut off from the world if you came and poured wine on my keyboard! My husband has promised he can make do with out me for a couple of days, my cats don’t really care as long as they’re fed, and my boss is on vacation anyway, so the timing is perfect — all I need is for you to choose me!

  50. Carol — 7/6/09 @ 3:06 pm

    hi Jaden, what a great opportunity! I would love to attend the private screening in LA of the movie Julie and Julia and to meet the foodblogger that started it all!! I love the fact that its about Julia Child, a true icon to all foodies!! I would love to be your correspondant for this event and take photos and report back the fabulous time i am sure to have!! pick me!! pick me!!