White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian
Before dazzling us at the Governors' Dinner last evening, Mrs. O welcomed a group of students from L'Academie de Cuisine to the White House kitchen to preview the menu. Mrs. Obama said one of her goals with this event was to "showcase some of this talent" working in the White House kitchen. As Lynn Sweet reported for the Chicago Sun Times, Mrs. Obama also revealed a few of the First Family's dining secrets:
- "The president loves scallops," according to First Lady Michelle Obama.
- The White House Huckleberry Cobbler is "one of the First Family's favorites."
- Mrs. Obama is fond of a White House soup that "tastes creamy without being creamy, because that is something that we work on, 'how do we keep the calories down but keep the flavors up."'
According to the White House blog, Mrs. O went on to speak of the value of fresh, local foods:
"When you grow something yourself and it's close and it's local, oftentimes it tastes really good," Mrs. Obama said. "And when you're dealing with kids, for example, you want to get them to try that carrot. Well, if it tastes like a real carrot and it's really sweet, they're going to think that it's a piece of candy. So my kids are more inclined to try different vegetables if they're fresh and local and delicious."
On a style note, Mrs. O's cocktail length cobalt blue gem from Jason Wu’s Spring 2009 collection was just an appetizer for the fashion to come - but a great appetizer at that. Similar to the Jason Wu design that Mrs. O wore for an interview with Barbara Walters in late 2008, the raw silk dress was dotted with hand-embroidered knots. For additional photos, the Huffington Post has a great slideshow. A CSPAN video of the White House kitchen event follows after the jump.