Inaugural Luncheon Menu

January 19, 2009 2:03:53 PM PST
Following the inauguration, President Barack Obama will celebrate with a luncheon. The luncheon, hosted by the members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, has been a tradition for more than a century.

The Menu:

First Course-

  • Seafood Stew
  • Second Course-

  • Winter Vegetables
  • Molasses Whipped Sweet Potatoes
  • Herb Roasted Pheasant with Wild Rice Stuffing
  • Duck Breast with Cherry Chutney
  • Third Course-

  • Cinnamon Apple Sponge Cake
  • Approximately 200 guests including the new President, Vice President, members of their families, the Supreme Court, Cabinet designees, and members of Congressional leadership will attend the event in Statuary Hall.

    The details of the luncheon have been designed to reflect the theme of the 2009 Inaugural ceremonies, "A New Birth of Freedom," which celebrates the bicentennial of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln.

    The menu, created by Design Cuisine, a catering company based in Arlington, Virginia, draws on historic ties to the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Growing up in the frontier regions of Kentucky and Indiana, the sixteenth President favored simple foods including root vegetables and wild game. As his tastes matured, he became fond of stewed and scalloped oysters. For dessert or a snack, nothing pleased him more than a fresh apple or an apple cake.