Feasting in State: Obama’s First Real State Dinner

In the next week, we will see real-time examples of a few of the different types of feasts common to American culture: Thanksgiving — essentially a harvest feast tinged with overtones of cultural identity — and President Barack Obama’s first true State Dinner, to be held on November 24, 2009 for India’s Prime Minister Manmohan … More Feasting in State: Obama’s First Real State Dinner

The Feat of Feasting

One cannot both feast and become rich. Ashanti Proverb “Feasting,” for all practical purposes, appears to be the antonym of “hunger.” And yet, feasting is rife (ripe?) with teeming contradictions and ritualistic conventions. For some, feasting implies hunger. Ambrose Bierce defined feasting in a rather limiting manner in his irreverent Devil’s Dictionary: FEAST, n. A … More The Feat of Feasting

BREAKING: Camp David / White House Thanksgiving Menu 2008

Just in time for Thanksgiving eve, the White House uploaded the following menu that President Bush and his family will eat on November 27, 2008. Just a few changes from 2006: Free-Range Roast Turkey Cornbread Dressing Cranberry Sauce Sautéed Green Beans Morelia Style Gazpacho with Spinach Salad Zucchini Gratin Whipped Maple Sweet Potatoes Buttered Mashed … More BREAKING: Camp David / White House Thanksgiving Menu 2008

Thanksgiving in the Bush White House: 2006 Menu

Like presidents before him, George W. Bush prefers eating his turkey at Camp David. Here’s what he loaded up on at Thanksgiving in 2006: Free-Range Roasted Turkey Cast-Iron Skillet Cornbread Dressing Cranberry Sauce Sauteed Green Beans Zucchini Gratin Whipped Maple Sweet Potatoes Basil Chive Red Potato Mash Giblet Gravy Fresh Clover Rolls with Honey Butter … More Thanksgiving in the Bush White House: 2006 Menu

President Bill Clinton’s First Thanksgiving in the White House: The Menu

U.S. Presidents since Eisenhower seem to prefer the rusticity of Camp David for Thanksgiving. Bill Clinton ate his first Thanksgiving dinner as president at Camp David. The Office of the First Lady released the following menu the day before Thanksgiving that year, November 23, 1995: Thanksgiving Menu Turkey Wrapped in Bacon Mrs. Kelly’s Traditional Cornbread … More President Bill Clinton’s First Thanksgiving in the White House: The Menu