An Inaugural Luncheon

On Tuesday after being sworn in, President-elect Barack Obama along with friends and family will sit down in Statuary Hall to enjoy his first meal as President. The luncheon, hosted by the members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, has been a tradition for more than a century.


The lunch will reflect the theme of the 2009 Inaugural ceremonies, “A New Birth of Freedom,” which celebrates the bicentennial of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln. Design Cuisine, who will be catering the event put together a menu to reflect the sixteenth President’s favorite foods, including root vegetables, stewed and scalloped oysters, wild game and apples!

The first course will be served on replicas of the china from the Lincoln Presidency (see above), which was selected by Mary Todd Lincoln at the beginning of her husband’s term in office. The china features the American bald eagle standing above the U. S. Coat of Arms, surrounded by a wide border of “solferino,” a purple-red hue popular among the fashionable hosts of the day.


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 Glacée
Korbel Natural “Special Inaugural Cuvée,” California Champagne

You too can have a feast of a lunch with the same menu!  For a .pdf with recipes for the luncheon, click here.

For more information on inaugural luncheons, visit the official website



Filed under Events, Food, News, Recipes

4 responses to “An Inaugural Luncheon

  1. ziabaki

    Very Cool! Thanks for this great info. I am such a foodie that it is fun to know what out new president will be eating tomorrow. Maybe I will make the potatoes to take to a Inaugural ball party we are going to.

  2. What a great culinary peak into the big day!

  3. The menu looks pretty decadent for sure.

    I’ve made the recipes “springable” for springpad users out there:

    Add them to a meal plan, or just create shopping lists…


  4. Sam

    The menu looks great and I’d love to have the recipes, but for some reason the PDF file just shows full of dots. Is there any way we could get the recipes as a post or a text file?

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