Savenor's is launching "La Peetch," a dinner series, next month at the shop's Cambridge location. Eight diners will have a five-course meal around the butcher block, prepared by Savenor's chefs. Julia Child's dinner parties at her French cottage, La Pitchoune (or "La Peetch"), serve as inspiration for the series.
Child's legacy is felt strongly at Savenor's; she was a regular at the original Cambridge location, and owner Jack Savenor, late father of current owner Ron Savenor, would appear regularly on her show to talk about meat.
"When Julia started coming in in the early 60s, she was just a foodie — she was the original foodie," Ron Savenor told Eater earlier this year. "I often tell people about the movie Julie & Julia. It's really good, and it's a comedy, and I cried the whole time. Seeing that movie, which is prior to her coming to the States, watching her coming to that point — I already knew it anyway, but it was like the slap-in-the-face version of it. I realized the impact this woman had on my family and my life. Choosing the profession I chose to be in was in part, largely, because of her."
So it makes perfect sense to invoke the memory of Child for this series. "We hope La Peetch at Savenor’s will be a unique refuge for our guests," explains the butcher shop on Facebook. "Our intimate setting will change with the seasons and with our inspirations, but its spirit will always be steadfast: a cozy table to entertain our friends with food, wine, and conversation."
According to a sneak peek of the menu shared on Facebook, it looks like the inaugural La Peetch dinner will include hearty winter dishes like venison tartare and tagliatelle alla bolognese.
The debut event takes place on Monday, January 26 at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $150 (plus $50 for optional wine pairings). To reserve a seat, email Adam at Savenor's.