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Food-laden fetes for Julia's big day

Restaurateur Traci Des Jardins, left, joins Julia Child at a preliminary 90th birthday party in San Francisco, in 2002. "Just wild, isn't it?" Child said of the turnout. This 2002 story captured the food-laden fetes that came before the big day. RECENT & RELATED L.A. Times Food Editor Russ... Randi Lynn Beach / For The Times