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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. Steve — 7/6/09 @ 5:07 pm

    Alejandra is the One……… Alejandra Always Order Dessert.

    Alejandra yeah!

  2. Sonia Renta — 7/6/09 @ 5:10 pm

    You should send Alejandra Ramos from “Always order dessert”. Not only she deserves it but you will not find a person better prepared for this task as her. Her knowledge is vast and best of all, she enjoys, really enjoys all that has to do with cooking!!!! Please send her.

  3. Marilyn — 7/6/09 @ 5:13 pm

    When I need to read something good and refreshing, or simply want to feel good about life, and love, and food, and laughter I always go to Always order dessert. Alejandra will be your best choice. You wont have to worry about anything. For the contrary, you will count with a new marvelous person in your life.

    I know that Alejandra is the one, the only. You will be happy with your choice.

  4. Carolyn — 7/6/09 @ 5:15 pm

    Lorna Yee!

  5. Mary Sitzes — 7/6/09 @ 5:15 pm

    I believe that Gary Novosel, is the one to be cast for this part! His own story is a Cinderella…well, in this case a Cinder-Fella Story that is begging to be completed with the glass Chef’s knife! He is a great friend who has shared some kitchen time with my husband and I many times and we are always impressed and excited. He has a vast repetoire of roles that include:
    Asst. Pit Boss/Beef Carver at the St. Mark’s 50th Annual BBQ, Rode Side Saddle on the Meals and Wheels to help victims in New Orleans, has been the Head Chef at a couple of Austin, TX original restaurants, and currently has his own web site dedicated to healing foods and recipes which has led him to other foodie shows as as guest host. His other talent is Talking!!! This guy is a great storyteller…like any good Texan – he can tell some tales. He about puts our own O.Henry to shame!!! You gotta love him! He is all about food and people…so, come on…Gary IS the part…give Him the opportunity to make you proud! He won’t dissapoint.

  6. Alexa — 7/6/09 @ 5:19 pm

    Cannot imagine a better person to send than Alejandra from Always Order Dessert. Not only is she knowledgable about food, but she writes and cooks with passion and love.

  7. Sue — 7/6/09 @ 5:20 pm

    I know Alejandra, Always order dessert- since she was a teenager. Not only Alejandra is the perfect person for this task, but she is absolutely charming and intelligent, beautiful and knowledgeable. Her knowledge of the language is excellent and her passion for food and life, cannot be describe with words Please choose her.

  8. Stephanie Ousley — 7/6/09 @ 5:26 pm

    I say “send Gary!” Gary Novosel needs to go to L.A since he has the heart and soul of a true foodie. You’ll love this big tall Texan…he’s got what it takes!

  9. Frances — 7/6/09 @ 5:33 pm

    What better story that of a girl that by the age of 8 had already read all the books in her grammar school library. We had to go to the nearby library to get more books for this beautiful curious curly dark hair and big dark eyes., so that she could read during her free time period. Even though the “In girls” made fun of her, she never lost her koy for living and her sense of humor and she grew to become an adorable, sweet, and very passionate young woman.

    Yes. I nominate Ms. Alejandra. Please choose her.
    visit her blog at: always order dessert

  10. Kayte — 7/6/09 @ 5:39 pm

    My request is for Angela at Spinach Tiger (www.Spinachtiger.com) who is an absolute foodie, loves cooking and embracing new ideas as well as old ones, is passionate about her Italian heritage and the cuisine of her country (much as Julia was passionate about the French cuisine). Angela recently started a blog along so that others could join her in cooking and learning about Italian food/culture, etc. She is extremely giving to those around her. Recently her husband lost his job in a scale back with the computer company he worked for during the past 13 years, so their 10th wedding anniversary to Italy had to be cancelled. I think it would be great if Angela got to go on this trip. Please check out her site and enjoy the gorgeous food and photos!

  11. Shawna — 7/6/09 @ 5:49 pm

    Alejandra is not only strikingly beautiful with a smile that can light up any kitchen, her knowledge and love of food would be a amazing benefit on the red carpet. She can engage with anyone with no fear and is quick on her feet. Choose Alejandra and you will not be disappointed. You’ll get a good idea of who she is from her website: http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com/ but you need to bring her out there in person to get the full effect.

  12. Lori Hoby — 7/6/09 @ 5:59 pm

    Send Tucson Food Dude! He’s the best :)

  13. Alaina — 7/6/09 @ 6:10 pm

    Because she epitomizes the phrase “steamy kitchen”; because I still dream of her lamb-stuffed mushrooms; because I have witnessed her create culinary miracles in a kitchen the size of a broom closet; because even her magnificent culinary skills are topped by her beautiful writing and zest for life, the choice is simple: Alejandra from Always Order Dessert.

  14. Stephanie — 7/6/09 @ 6:19 pm

    Alejandra from Always Order Dessert has an unmatched talent with food – both when she actually prepares it and when she makes her readers salivate with her deliciously descriptive articles and blog entries about her latest and greatest culinary adventures. She’s got a big, bubbly personality to match and would be a perfect fit for this job!

  15. I second Kayte’s request above for Angela from Spinach Tiger!

    Angela would be perfect! She is an energetic person with great photography skills, details food with flavors almost coming through in her posts. I am truly motivated when I see her post new and old dishes. She can bring food to life. I’d absolutely LOVE to see Julie and Julia through Angela’s eyes. It would be something!

    Please pick Angela!


  16. Maggie Lewis — 7/6/09 @ 6:24 pm

    I vote for Gary Novosel – see above reasons. Plus, I have had delicious and creative meals he has beautifully prepared. I keep up with foodmedic.com, hos web site, to get wonderful ideas and recipes. Check it out!

  17. Abe and Anne — 7/6/09 @ 6:32 pm

    Alejandra will make an unforgettable impression in the day of anyone that crossess her path. Her passion for life, her intelligent conversation, and her sweet smile will change your life forever, but wait. there is more, for the price of one you will be treated to eat the most fantastic, delicious, and elegant gourmet dinner coming out of an empty fridge, a miniature kitchen, and drawers full of mix and matched chipped serving plates. La Srta. Alejandra from Always order dessert is my nominee and please let her be your choice. And please count this nomination for two. Abe and Anne

  18. Fran — 7/6/09 @ 6:36 pm

    Gary Novosel is an awesome, outgoing, kind-hearted, down to earth spirited individual that shares his love for food with everyone he meets. I don’t know another person who moves around the kitchen with ease and with pure enjoyment. You will not be disappointed, Gary Novosel takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary. I nominate Gary :)

  19. Donna Schmidt — 7/6/09 @ 6:36 pm

    GARY NOVOSEL from Austin, Texas is your guy. Gary’s extensive knowledge of food and superb cooking abilities, along with his wit and charm are unbeatable. He is a forever friend, who came over to cook for me after a stay in the hospital – an extreme challenge as there was hardly any food in the house, yet Gary invented this fantastic meal with very few resources. He is the best!!!

  20. Gary — 7/6/09 @ 6:37 pm

    Alejandra. cannot help but say it. Nominee; Alejandra Thank you very much. Winner , please choose her

  21. Maria — 7/6/09 @ 6:39 pm

    Angela of Spinach Tiger would be perfect. She really understands food, loves to travel and experience new things. She would take awesome photos for you, as she is also a decorative painter with an excellent eye for attractive food styling and artistic shots – just take a peek at her blog and tell me her photos aren’t gorgeous! She knows how to deconstruct and critique a recipe – I love reading through her thought process. She always makes so much sense to me.

    Yes, definitely Angela of Spinach Tiger! Thank you for your consideration :-)

  22. Donna — 7/6/09 @ 6:42 pm

    Alejandra Ramos…..from Always order dessert. She made me the most happy person in the world. I have a special diet and through her blog I learned to eat deliciously, and enjoy my dessert without guilt. She will be the perfect correspondant for this event. Choose her please.

  23. Kris Ide — 7/6/09 @ 6:45 pm

    Hi! I suggest picking THIS person!

    Stephanie Stiavetti
    Feature Writer, Copywriter, Copy Editor
    Writing: http://www.stephaniestiavetti.com
    Food blog: http://www.wasabimon.com
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/sstiavetti
    Email: steph@hyperreal.org

    Why? Because she’s the smartest, whip-crackiest, darn-tootin’est, word slinger this side of Asian fusion! Her food blog has actually caused me to salivate on several occasions and chuckle on several occasions more. As a gluten-free, nearly vegetarian, aware consumer of food, I truly appreciate Steph’s intelligence, candor, and creativity in all areas of the digestive arts, and I often seek her advice on ingredients, procedures, and recipes. AND, she takes killer photographs(I heard she actually hired HERSELF as the photographer of her own wedding!)(Not really…but she could have!).

  24. Jeff — 7/6/09 @ 6:50 pm

    The one you want is Alejandra Ramos. What can I say, she has an exceptional personality, fun, and full of life. Who else would you want for this opportunity than a person that takes advantage of all life has to offer. She always orders dessert the topping that satisfies life.