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Insider: Washroom whimsy with Julia Child at Avenue

Andy Ryan

At Avenue, chef-owner Josh Foley has “The French Chef” audio piped into the bathrooms.

By Lisa Zwirn Globe Correspondent 

It’s her voice!

In addition to enjoying the food at Avenue in Medfield, you might want to spend some time in the bathroom. Yes, you read that right. When you visit any of the three bathrooms, you’ll hear the memorable voice of Cambridge’s favorite food doyenne, Julia Child. Avenue chef-owner Josh Foley was a huge fan of the cookbook author and television personality — he cooked for Julia numerous times when he worked at Cambridge’s Harvest restaurant — so he arranged to have over 17 hours of her TV show “The French Chef” piped in during dinner hours. It’s a constant loop of Julia teaching her audience (yes, even you in you-know-where) how to make croissants, coq au vin, beef bourguignon, onion soup, and more. “People think it’s really cool,” says Foley. “It’s so recognizable.” And on your way back to your table, look for the chalkboard sign hanging in the kitchen featuring one of the great lady’s quotes: “No one is born a great cook. One learns by doing.”

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Avenue is located at 445 Main St., Medfield, 508-906-6040; www.avenuemedfield.com

LISA ZWIRN