Where to Experience Food and Film in San Luis, CA

Hotel San Luis Obispo’s Ox + Anchor and San Luis Obispo Film Festival Present a Délicieuse Evening of Food and Film as Tribute to Beloved Cookbook Author Julia Child.

Piazza Hospitality’s Hotel San Luis Obispo, a luxury boutique hotel situated along California’s beautiful Central Coast, is offering a special dinner at Ox + Anchor curated by Chef Ryan Fancher in honor of renowned culinary inspiration Julia Child.

In partnership with the San Luis Obispo Film Festival, this exclusive experience will feature a screening of the new documentary “Julia.”

A film about the beloved cookbook author and unlikely TV star.

They brought French cooking into the hearts and homes of America with her revolutionary book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Ryan Fancher - Executive Chef at Hotel San Luis Obispo

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to pay homage to such a trailblazing talent in the culinary industry,” said Ryan Fancher, Executive Chef at Hotel San Luis Obispo.  “I grew up watching Julia Child’s cooking shows on KQED with my mother and grandmother, which truly fueled my passion for art and effort to make cooking fun while executing proper technique.  I was even fortunate enough to meet my idol while carrying her groceries one day in Santa Barbara during my humble beginnings as a high school teen bagging groceries.”

Julia Child Menu at Ox + Anchor

It costs $65 per person, including the $10 donation to San Luis Obispo Film Festival.

Chef Fancher honed his French-style cooking techniques in the French California kitchens of Thomas Keller and Richard Reddington. It drew inspiration from these chefs to create elevated French dishes packed with flavor and approachability.

Three-Course Menu

The first course features dishes such as Salad Mimosa with Boston bib lettuce, hen egg, tomato, chervil, bacon, avocado, French Onion Soup with gruyere, and garlic sourdough crouton.

The main course includes Beef Bourginion with all-day braised short ribs, baby vegetables and burgundy, Salmon Hollandaise with grilled king salmon, hollandaise and crispy onions, and Lamb Chop with tomato provencal, tapenade, and fennel.

Lastly, guests can indulge in desserts such as Crepes Suzette with orange butter, whip cream and buttermilk ice cream, and Caramelized Pears in Puff Pastry with five-spiced whipped crème fraiche.

Guests can book their dinner reservations via this link.


This food and film experience will be available November 26-28 and December 1-5.  Showtimes for the documentary are at 4:15 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Palm Theatre box office.

Face masks are required.

Suggested dinner reservation times are:

  • 6:15 p.m. onward for a 4:15 p.m. showtime
  • 5:00 p.m. for a 7:00 p.m. showtime

Ox + Anchor is closed Monday and Tuesday.