'The White House' on Serious Eats

Cook the Book: The Perfect Finish

Planning and preparing all of the desserts and pastries served at the White House seems like an unfathomable amount of work to begin with, so the fact that Yosses found time to pen a cookbook between all of those state dinners and catered events is doubly impressive. And The Perfect Finish is a real show-stopper of a dessert book. Each week for the next month we'll spotlight a different recipe. Enter to win a copy here! More

White House to Offer Kitchen Garden Tours to D.C.-area Schoolchildren

According to Obamafoodorama, "Starting immediately, most Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m., elementary, middle, and high school students from the D.C. area will have the chance to go on a guided tour of the Kitchen Garden, which will include a viewing of the garden, and the White House beehive, with an explanation of what is currently being cultivated and growing practices—as well as health and nutrition information."... More

White House Does Not Serve Foreign Beer

Toward the end of the Boston Globe's story today about the whole Henry Louis Gates Jr. affair: "I look forward to meeting Sgt. Crowley under more pleasant circumstances, and having that beer," Gates told the Globe yesterday in an email, saying a date has not been set. He said he’s partial to Red Stripe and Beck’s. He may not get his pick, as they are foreign beers, which are not stocked at the White House, under a tradition dating to the Johnson administration. Hue beer would have totally irked LBJ, had it existed at the time. [via The Awl]... More

St. Louis's Pi to Make Pizza at White House at Obama's Request

Remember all that hullaballo about Obama's favorite pizzeria being Italian Fiesta Pizzeria? And then our man in Chicago, Daniel Zemans, came through with the news that, maybe, just maybe, Barack Obama's favorite pizzeria might be Pi in St. Louis? Looks like he was right. The president has asked Pi to come to the White House and make pizza for a pizza party. "From what it sounds like, [the White House kitchen] the top of the line," [Pi partner Ryan] Mangialardo said. "They should have everything I need there to make the pizza happen." I wonder if there's actually a pizza... More

Two Sides of the Same Coin

Photographs: Wikimedia Commons, Washington Post Two items out of Sustainorgania are making the rounds on the food sites today. The first, more attention-grabbing one, on The Atlantic Food Channel, has Bill and Nicolette Hahn Niman (of Niman Ranch fame) calling on the Obamas to become chicken farmers. "The idea may sound far fetched, but is it, really? At the dawn of the 20th century, chickens were literally everywhere." The Bay Area ranchers would like to see "a flock of egg-laying hens for the White House grounds." This comes, of course, on the heels of the news about the new White House vegetable garden. As Eater cleverly put it, "Give those locavores an inch and they'll take a mile.... Also... More

Michelle Obama: The First Lady and a Serious Eater?

According to the New York Times, Michelle Obama has taken on healthy, delicious, and local food as one of her main issues. The serious eaters at world headquarters here certainly second that emotion and support her efforts, and how can we not love and cherish a first lady who eats (and talks up) local and still takes her staff to Five Guys for a burger and fries? In fact, she says the White House kitchen can rustle up "a mean batch of french fries" (fresh, we're sure) when called upon. Oh, yeah. She and our president also indulge their craving for their favorite Chicago pizzeria. So Michelle Obama likes healthy and delicious local food, burgers, and pizza. Here are some... More

In Videos: Michelle Obama, Cristeta Comerford Give Tour of White House Kitchen

First Lady Michelle Obama and White House chef Cristeta Comerford give D.C.-area culinary students a tour of the White House kitchen before the White House dinner for governors. Comerford: "It takes only two days. But the planning stage is the longest stage. And of course connecting with the growers, with our purveyors, and with our farmers. Because for any menu to be successful, those are the key relationships you have to build." [via Eat Me Daily]... 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

In Videos: A Short History of the White House Garden

This cute video gives a quick history of the various gardens that presidents have planted on the White House grounds, from the first one, planted by John Adams in 1800 to Eleanor Roosevelt's WWII Victory Garden. Plenty of small-talk fodder in here. For instance, did you know that the White House once had an orangery? I do have to warn you that what starts out as a neat little source of garden-related trivia does turn in to an "eat local" nag around the two-minute mark. Video, after the jump.... More

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