On January 19, 1945, as little by little the Allied armies juggernauted to victory throughout Europe and the Pacific, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Vice-President Harry S. Truman sat down with other guests at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC and indulged in the following dinner.
Very far from the K-rations of the troops, mind you.
And the mention of Havana cigars brings to mind a question: “Wonder what those are like?” Not that I’ve ever smoked, but cigar-swilling FDR probably would never have agreed to a blockade of Cuba, now would he have?
Nor would Winston Churchill.
And of course Joe Stalin, never.
Terrapin Soup with Sherry en Tasse
Fried Puff Pastry
Celery Olives Nuts
Filet of Sole, Belle Meuniere
Breast of Capon on Smithfield Ham, Southern Style
Baked Half Lobster Thermidor
New Stringless Beans Sweet Potato with Apples, Winchester
Salade Rose Marie
(Hearts of Romaine with Alligator Pear and Grapefruit, Lorenzo Dressing)
Coupe Tortoni with Chocolate Mousse
Mocha Cream Cake
[A big thank you to Janet Clarkson of The Olde Foodie for sharing this menu with me.]
© 2009 C. Bertelsen
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