"Music will be performed by the Marine Corps Band and a group White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers said she 'really loves,' Earth Wind and Fire." Wait, what?
We assume that First Ladies' days are filled with a lot of traditional social planning, but it's still a little disconcerting to see Michelle in full-on Mamie Eisenhower mode. That, however, is far less odd than the exhaustive rundown from the Chicago Sun Times' blog, which informs us intently that "The president loves scallops," the first fam enjoys The White House Huckleberry Cobbler, Michelle likes some creamless creamed spinach, but Sasha won't eat it.
The occasion for this report is the National Governors Association meeting, apparently a black tie dinner with dancing at the White House. Michelle, social secretary Rogers, the White House chef and pastry chef and a bunch of local students previewed the menu. Besides a moment when Michelle calls some Wilson china "Truman" and says "I don't have my china down yet," it's hard to know whether the reporter was, you know, there, or just getting feeds from some Us Weekly- style source.
I'll spare you the exhaustive rundown of china, silver, glassware, flowers and centerpiece arrangements, but here's the menu:
Chesapeake Crab Agnolottis with Roasted Sunchokes
Wine pairing: Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (California)
Wagyu Beef and Nantucket Scallops with Glazed Red Carrots, Portobello Mushroom and Creamed Spinach
Wine pairing: Archery Summit Pinot Noir "Estate" 2004 (Oregon)
Winter Citrus Salad with Pistachios and Lemon Honey Vinaigrette
Huckleberry Cobbler with Caramel Ice Cream
Wine pairing: Black Star Famrs "A Capella" Riesling Ice Wine 2007 (Michigan)
First Lady Michelle Obama, Desiree Rogers preview White House dinner tonight. Menu. Pool reports [Chicago Sun Times]