'Sam Kass' on Serious Eats

Video: Inside the White House Garden

First Lady Michelle Obama and White House chef Sam Kass give us a tour of the first White House garden since Eleanor Roosevelt's Victory Garden during World War II (which technically was only the size of a bed, and didn't qualify as a feeding-lots-of-people garden like this one). Planted in March with the help of Bancroft Elementary School students, the White House vegetable garden has already yielded hundreds of pounds of food. Fun fact: the seeds came from Monticello's head gardener, originally passed down from Thomas Jefferson himself. Watch the video after the jump.... More

Sam Kass, the New Assistant White House Chef; Is Everybody Happy Now?

How deft a politician is Barack Obama? Pretty damn deft if you ask me. In fact, I would say he's downright Solomonic. Consider his latest bits of organic food politics sleight-of-hand: Instead of bowing to well-intentioned pressure from Alice Waters, Danny Meyer, and Ruth Reichl in choosing a White House chef, he managed to retain the current Filipino-American White House chef Cristeta Comerford. Comerford, according to her predecessor Walter Scheib, served lots of organic vegetables at the White House at Laura Bush's behest. Some of the vegetables even came from a White House garden. Scheib apparently pigeonholed Alice Waters at one of the Inauguration benefit dinners to inform her of all this. Now, to make all the Michael Pollan disciples... More

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