Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Elegant Inaugural Luncheon

As I was watching the new President and all the guests being seated for the luncheon in the Statuary Hall I was very curious what they would be dining on. I googled it and it is listed below.

Lunch Menu

After being sworn in watched by millions, Obama will enjoy a relatively secluded lunch with around 200 congressional leaders, Supreme Court justices and members of his incoming cabinet.
Once again, the 44th US president has opted to evoke the spirit of his political idol Abraham Lincoln, serving the seafood, game and root vegetables he liked best on replicas of his White House china.

Guests will begin their meal with a seafood stew of scallops, prawns and lobster with a puff pastry top, washed down with a 2007 Sauvignon Blanc from Duckhorn Vineyards in California’s Napa Valley.

Following on will be a brace of American birds: duck breast with sour cherry chutney and herb roasted pheasant with wild rice stuffing accompanied by Molasses-whipped sweet potatoes and winter vegetables. Another Californian wine, a 2005 Goldeneye Pinot Noir from the Anderson Valley, will be served alongside.

The desert will be cinnamon apple sponge cake and sweet cream glace, during which guests will be invited to toast their new leader with some a Korbel Natural “Special Inauguration Curvee” California Champagne, 18 magnum cases of which have been dispatched to the White House for the occasion.

Sounds delicious don't you think!!

Now on the other hand this single President really knew how to PARTY! Look at his menu.

James Buchanan, the only bachelor president, really knew how to party. At his inaugural celebration in 1857, guests were served 400 gallons of oysters, 500 quarts of chicken salad, 500 quarts of jellies, 1,200 quarts of ice cream, eight rounds of beef, 75 hams, 60 saddles of mutton and four of venison. Buchanan hired Charles Gautier, a French caterer and chocolatier, to handle the preparations.

What do you think these dinners cost??


Chele said...

No clue, but I think I'd have been happier with the bachelor's menu. lol!

Neas Nuttiness said...

My taste buds must be "off" today, because the only thing that sounded good, was the wild rice stuffing.

Neabear said...

I did not realize that Napa Valley wines were being served. I grew up in Napa went to school there. And so did my kids.

Nancy and the fatties said...

Hi Sassydog! *waving paws* thanks for stopping by my silly Texas puggy blog. Paula is da best! thanks for sharing that menu, the puff pastry seafood soup sounds delish. I hadn't heard of the Duckhorn napa brand before - I wonder how many $$ per bottle it is....!

Pearl said...

Hi new friends! Thanks SO much for coming to see me!

That menu sounded delicious! If I had been a guest at that luncheon, I'm afraid all of that delicious wine and champagne might have gotten ahold of me! Wonder what kind of toast I would give?! Maybe a little snore? :)

Andrea said...

Thanks for sharing the menu....I was curious too! :)

JB's Big World said...

Thanks for your visit when my sister PooPoo passed away. I think you are right about calicos....our vet has told us that too.

Raggedy Girl said...

First thanks for visiting, it is always fun to find new friend. I have no idea what all that food cost but I know it is more than I budgeted for so I am glad they all didn't come here for lunch. I would have loved a doggie bag from President Obama's lunch as it sounded so good.
Roberta Anne