When: Wed., Aug. 15, 6 p.m. 2012
Countless Charlestonians know Robert Dickson as one of the city’s consummate restaurateurs. As the proprietor, host, and — wait for it — opera singer at Robert’s of Charleston, he charmed locals and out-of-towners alike with his legendary hospitality and excellent food. But it seems Dickson’s got a card he’s been playing close to his chest: he was also a close friend of the one and only Julia Child. On Wednesday, in honor of what would have been her 100th birthday, Dickson will share his personal memories of the famous lady. How is he preparing? (Hardcore Julia fans, prepare to salivate.) He’s re-reading letters and Valentine’s cards he received from her over the course of their friendship, from 1962 to 2004. “I am excited to relive the moments I spent with Julia Child,” Dickson says. “Needless to say, I am very proud to have known her.” But don’t worry if you’ve never even made so much as her soupe a l’oignon. “I think this is going to be something that everyone can enjoy,” says Charleston Library Society Assistant Librarian Robert Salvo. “You don’t have to come in being a foodie.” Just like Julia would have wanted.