Obama's First Meal As President Has A Lincoln Theme
The menu for this year is:
First Course: Seafood Stew
Duckhorn Vineyards, 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
Second Course: A Brace of American Birds (pheasant and duck), served with Sour Cherry Chutney and Molasses Sweet Potatoes
Goldeneye, 2005 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley
Third Course: Apple Cinnamon Sponge Cake and Sweet Cream Glacé
Korbel Natural "Special Inaugural Cuvée,"
The tables will be decorated with floral arrangements, designed by JLB Floral of Alexandria, Virginia and featuring Red Charlotte roses, Rouge Basier roses, Hot Lady roses, a floribunda rose called Hot Majolica, hydrangea in shades of blues and purples, and light blue delphinium in a footed brass compote.
What have past presidents eaten? According to Florida State University Professor Liz Goldsmith in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his guests enjoyed a buffet lunch of tomato soup, salad, beef, ham and tongue, and cake, ice cream and coffee.
President Kennedy's luncheon included cream of tomato soup with crushed popcorn, stuffed lobster and patisserie bateau blanche. President Lyndon Johnson's feast included Texas heart of filet mignon and something called tomato surprise.
Our current President George W. Bush had lobster pie; grenadine of beef supreme; chartreuse of vegetables in a puff pastry ring; puree of small celery and parsnip roots; biscuits; toffee pudding with ice cream; and demitasse café and tea along with trays of chocolate-dipped ginger, candied fruit rinds, fresh strawberries, macaroons and truffles for his first inaugural luncheon. His second lunch had a Native American theme that included quail.