Photo Credit: Courtesy of Design Cuisine
Don’t expect the President of the United States to be carrying a tray through the Capitol cafeteria on his first day (er, second first day) of work.
Instead, after being sworn in on January 21, Barack Obama will sit down for an hour-long surf-and-turf smorgasbord with 225 of his closest pals, including government bigwigs such as John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, and Malia and Sasha, of course.
The luncheon menu usually honors past presidents (Obama's last lunch paid homage to Abraham Lincoln), but for his second time up to the plate, the commander-in-chief chose to spotlight artisanal, sustainable and, where possible, local foods from around the country to coincide with this year’s inaugural theme -- "Faith in America’s Future." Plus, he wins major hubby points for supporting his wife and first lady Michelle Obama’s farm-to-table initiative.
Created by executive chef Shannon Shaffer of catering company Design Cuisine in Arlington, Virginia, the meal starts on the East Coast with steamed lobster tail topped with a New England clam chowder sauce, served with a side of sauteed spinach.
Next, the lucky guests will gobble up grilled bison tenderloin with a wild huckleberry reduction, a red potato horseradish cake (kinda like a latke) and some apparently rogue golden beets (they're one of the president’s least favorite foods).
Although a big ol’ piece of juicy beef might seem more red-blooded American, the Obamas continue to show their love for the small bison industry, which is made up of mostly family-owned farms spanning all 50 states. (The president’s meat will hail from South Dakota.) Plus, bison is lower in fat and calories than chicken. Governor Christie, take note.
The luncheon ends with classic apple pie served with sour cream ice cream and maple caramel sauce, along with artisan cheeses and honeycomb. Yup, Michelle and Barack are just like us -- they have a beehive.
If you didn’t get a VIP invite, throw your own political party with the same menu, thanks to recipes courtesy of the U.S. Senate.
Or if you're not up for cooking huckleberry reduction on a weeknight, try this much easier Obama-themed menu:
Obama Family Chili Recipe
According to The Obama Menu: Dining with Barack Obama, this has been Obama's chili recipe since college. He said, "I can’t reveal all the secrets, but if you make it right, it’s just got the right amount of bite, the right amount of oomph in it, and it will clear your sinuses.”
Sam Kass's White House Salad
This administration loves its veggies, so make sure you include a healthy salad, like this one, from White House chef Sam Kass.
Sweet Potato Pie
It's no secret that the president loves pie. Although apple pie might be the more all-American choice, go with Obama's favorite: sweet potato.