Saturday, January 24, 2009
Guess what I just found?
The recipes for each and every course served at the 2009 Inaugural Luncheon! Seafood Stew with Maine lobsters, scallops and shrimp. Duck Breast with Cherry Chutney. Herb Roasted Pheasant with Wild Rice Stuffing. Molasses Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Winter Vegetables. And to finish it up: Cinnamon Apple Sponge Cake a la mode. Yum!
As you may have already read, the luncheon was catered by Design Cuisine, an Arlington, VA catering company owned and operated by Stavros (aka Stevie) Veletsis.
"After a few minutes chatting with Mr. Veletsis, he told me all about Design Cuisine and that pending Barack Obama's final seal of approval they would be catering the Inaugural Luncheon," Rebecca Carter said to gallery owners David and Susan Wase at the Chas Fagan Exhibition at Metropolitan Gallery in November of 2008. The artist on display, Chas Fagan, is well known for his commissioned presidential portrait and sculpture work and signature landscapes (pictured).
When speaking to Susan Wase just before the inauguration, she told me, "David called me over to check out the article in The [Washington] Post confirming Mr. Veletsis would indeed be catering the luncheon. It was exciting news. We are very happy for him."
I was happy to see American birds, Maine lobsters and winter vegetables on the menu. All rather sustainable choices. I definitely encourage you to download the recipes. Find the pdf here.