All the Presidents’ Tables: President Richard Nixon’s Second Inaugural Luncheon

The Joint Congressional Inaugural Committee served the following menu in honor of President Richard M. Nixon and Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew on January 20, 1973. INAUGURAL LUNCHEON 1973 Shrimp Cocktail Roast Tenderloin of Beef Bercy Sauce Green Beans Amandine        Broiled Tomato Grapefruit-Avocado Salad Rolls and Butter Fresh Strawberries with Cream Mints      Coffee

All the Presidents’ Tables: George W. Bush’s First Inaugural Luncheon 2001

Two-hundred years after President Thomas Jefferson’s 1801 inauguration,  to celebrate George W. Bush’s first  inauguration in 2001, the U.S. Army Brass Quintet provided music. Around 230 dignitaries ate lobster from the surface of U.S. Senate china and enjoyed other dishes honoring Jefferson’s presidency. Now Bush walks about as  a very lame duck, so lame that … More All the Presidents’ Tables: George W. Bush’s First Inaugural Luncheon 2001

All the Presidents’ Tables: Grover Cleveland’s Inaugural Ball Suppers

For a man who liked a chop and some herring, Grover Cleveland and his stomach met their culinary match during America’s lavish Gilded Age. Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive  terms as president, beginning his initial term in 1885 and his second in 1893. In between, Benjamin Harrison sat in the Oval Office. While president the … More All the Presidents’ Tables: Grover Cleveland’s Inaugural Ball Suppers

Sauce Bercy, as Served at Nixon’s Inaugural Luncheons

A lot of wine used to be sold in Bercy, a Parisian neighborhood. Naturally, the restaurateurs there featured wine in their menus, particularly in a sauce made with shallots and butter. Sauce Bercy. One of President Richard M. Nixon’s favorite sauces. He liked it so much the chefs served it at both of his inaugural … More Sauce Bercy, as Served at Nixon’s Inaugural Luncheons

All the Presidents’ Tables: President Richard Nixon’s First Inaugural Luncheon

The Joint Congressional Inaugural Committee served the following menu in honor of President Richard M. Nixon and Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew on January 20, 1969. INAUGURAL LUNCHEON 1969 California Fresh Fruit Supreme Celery and Olives New York Roast Tenderloin of Beed Bercy Sauce Baked Tomato    Parisian Potatoes Avocado on Romaine Rolls and Butter Pastry Gems … More All the Presidents’ Tables: President Richard Nixon’s First Inaugural Luncheon

All the President’s Tables: James A. Garfield’s Inaugural Reception Menu

On March 4, 1881, people lucky enough or well-placed enough or ambitious enough entered through the doors of what is now the Smithsonian’s Castle, in Judiciary Square, to celebrate the inauguration of President James A. Garfield, the last of the U.S. presidents born and raised in a log cabin. A contemporary account states that: The … More All the President’s Tables: James A. Garfield’s Inaugural Reception Menu

All the Presidents’ Tables: President Benjamin Harrison’s Inaugural Ball Reception Menu: A Reflection of the “Gilded Age?”

The following menu, served at the inaugural ball of President Benjamin Harrison (in office 1889-1895), omits the news that 5,000 live terrapins waited in the wings to star in the show and game birds packed in lard did the same. Since 1200 people ate at this event, the number of turtles and birds loomed large. … More All the Presidents’ Tables: President Benjamin Harrison’s Inaugural Ball Reception Menu: A Reflection of the “Gilded Age?”