The Daily Meal’s guide to inauguration food and drink
Whether you are one of the estimated 500,000 people expected to watch President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 21 or are planning to host an inauguration viewing party at home, The Daily Meal’s Inauguration Food and Drink guide has everything you need to patriotically prepare and party like the president.
The Inauguration Food and Drink guide is packed with presidential-inspired cocktails and places to eat (and watch) the inauguration, and the inside scoop of what President Obama and former presidents enjoy eating and drinking.
For those traveling to Washington, D.C., the Inauguration Food and Drink guide features dining guides — including the hottest tables, the best food trucks, and the places, from high-end to casual, where the first family likes to feast.
Follow The Daily Meal (@thedailymeal) for updates and the latest presidential food and drink news. While you’re there, tweet us or leave a comment below sharing what you like to eat in D.C. and how you are celebrating the 2013 inauguration.
Lauren Mack is the special projects editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Epicurious Announce Winning Recipes in Nationwide “healthy Lunchtime Challenge”
Washington, DC &ndash First Lady Michelle Obama, Epicurious, the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture today announced the winners of a nationwide recipe challenge to promote healthy lunches as part of the First Lady&rsquos Let&rsquos Move! initiative. The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids&rsquo &ldquoState Dinner&rdquo will recognize 54 winners, representing all U.S. states, three territories and the District of Columbia, who will attend a Kids&rsquo &ldquoState Dinner&rdquo at the White House hosted by Mrs. Obama on July 9. The group will join The First Lady for a healthy lunch, featuring a selection of the winning recipes, followed by a visit to the White House kitchen garden.
&ldquoOur Kids&rsquo State Dinner is one of my favorite events of the year, and the kid chefs who come from around the country never cease to impress and inspire me with their creativity and ingenuity. I&rsquom counting down the days until the winners join me at the White House to celebrate these healthy and delicious meals that kids everywhere will love,&rdquo said First Lady Michelle Obama.
For the second consecutive year, The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids&rsquo &ldquoState Dinner&rdquo invited a parent or guardian to work with their child ages 8-12 to create a lunchtime recipe that is healthy, affordable, original and delicious. In support of Let&rsquos Move!, launched by the First Lady to help solve the problem of childhood obesity, each recipe adhered to the guidance that supports USDA&rsquos MyPlate (at ChooseMyPlate.gov) to ensure that the criteria of a healthy meal were met. Entries had to represent each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy foods, with fruits and veggies making up roughly half the plate or recipe.
The second Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, originated by Epicurious to promote healthy eating among America&rsquos youth, received more than 1,300 entries featuring wholesome, tasty ingredients, including salmon, black beans and ground turkey. The winners and featured recipes include:
- Rowan Bean, 9, (Seward, AK) &ndash &ldquoAlaskan Ceviche with Mango&rdquo
- Kindall Sewell-Murphy, 10, (Selma, AL) &ndash &ldquoKale Broccoli Chicken and Apple Salad&rdquo
- Emma-Kate Schaefer, 8, (Fayetteville, AR) &ndash &ldquoConfetti Spring Rolls - Orange-Cilantro Sauce&rdquo
- Alexandra Nickle, 10, (Phoenix, AZ) &ndash &ldquoBanana's Black Bean Burritos&rdquo
- Rose Scott, 12, Menlo (Park, CA) &ndash &ldquoPork and Tofu Lettuce Cups&rdquo
- Nicholas Hornbostel, 8, (Edwards, CO) &ndash &ldquoSushi Salad&rdquo
- John Breitfelder, 9, (New Canaan, CT) &ndash &ldquoQuinoa "Risotto" with Shrimp and Kale&rdquo
- Braeden Mannering, 9, (Bear, DE) &ndash &ldquoTortilla Bowl Deluxe&rdquo
- Nicole Medina, 10, (Miami, FL) &ndash &ldquoSummer Salmon&rdquo
- Regan Matthews, 12, (Atlanta, GA) &ndash &ldquoSweet Potato Turkey Sliders&rdquo
- Eleanor Cowell, 8, (Honolulu, HI) &ndash &ldquoCurried Chicken Salad & Taste of the Tropics&rdquo
- Corrine VanderGaast, 9, (Tipton, IA) &ndash &ldquoStone Curry with Brown Rice&rdquo
- Adam Wirth, 8, (Boise, ID) &ndash &ldquoVeggie Barley Salad with Orange Honey Vinaigrette&rdquo
- Taddy Pettit, 10, (Oakwood, IL) &ndash &ldquoBlack Bean Wrap with Jicama - Grilled Corn Salsa&rdquo
- Lydia Graham, 9, (Carmel, IN) &ndash &ldquoSneaky Chili Surprise&rdquo
- Olivia Neely, 10, (Lenexa, KS) &ndash &ldquoFun Mini Pizzas with Veggies & Cauliflower Crust&rdquo
- Regan Strehl, 11, (Lexington, KY) &ndash &ldquoRaisin Bran Muffins&rdquo
- Brynna Robert, 12, (Metairie, LA) &ndash &ldquoSweet and Spicy Stir Fry&rdquo
- Shefali Singh, 12, (Falmouth, MA) &ndash &ldquoShefali's Scrumptious Spring Rolls&rdquo
- Emma Scielzo. 10, (Chevy Chase, MD) &ndash &ldquoChicken Masala Wrap&rdquo
- Noah Koch, 9, (Waterville, ME) &ndash &ldquoVegan Powerhouse Pesto Pasta&rdquo
- Jacob Hirsch, 8, (West Bloomfield, MI) &ndash &ldquoPicky Eater Pita Pizza Pockets&rdquo
- Kaitlyn Kirchner, 9, (Madelia, MN) &ndash &ldquoGarden Stir-Fry&rdquo
- Henry Oates, 8, (Adrian, MO) &ndash &ldquoConfetti Peanut Ginger Party Pasta&rdquo
- Reed Lindsey, 10, (Booneville, MS) &ndash &ldquoPan Seared Mississippi Catfish on a Bed of River Rice&rdquo
- Joshua Garrigues, 8, (Bozeman, MT) &ndash &ldquoHealthy Vegetable Fried Quinoa&rdquo
- Vijay Dey, 12, (Chapel Hill, NC) &ndash &ldquoSpring Rolls&rdquo
- Charli McQuillan, 8, (Oxbow, ND) &ndash &ldquoAsian Fajitas&rdquo
- Bence Brown, 9, (Omaha, NE) &ndash &ldquoTerrific Tuna Casserole&rdquo
- Olivia Beauchesne, 12, (Nottingham, NH) &ndash &ldquoLiv's Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich&rdquo
- Goldie Siegel, 8, (Clifton, NJ) &ndash &ldquoHawaiian Turkey Sliders with Mango-Pineapple Salsa&rdquo
- Louis Teich, 10, (Las Cruces, NM) &ndash &ldquoSpinach Frittata&rdquo
- Isabella Gross, 11, (Henderson, NV) &ndash &ldquoChex Chicken and Bellaberry Smoothie&rdquo
- Peter Murphy, 8, (Manhasset, NY) &ndash &ldquoSuper Rescue Soup&rdquo
- Anisha Patel, 11, (Blacklick, OH) &ndash &ldquoKickin, Colorful, Bell Peppers stuffed with Quinoa&rdquo
- Ogden Johnson, 10, (Tulsa, OK) &ndash &ldquoTaco De Camaron&rdquo
- Audrey Russell, 10, (Portland, OR) &ndash &ldquoSalmon Fried Rice&rdquo
- Ganesh Selvakumar, 9, (Broomall, PA) &ndash &ldquoLentil Spinach Soup and Mint Chutney&rdquo
- Samantha Mastrati, 12, (Cranston, RI) &ndash &ldquoItalian Garden Salsa with Crunchy Chicken Tenders&rdquo
- Corbin Jackson, 9, (Mount Pleasant, SC) &ndash &ldquoBring it On, Brussels Sprout Wrap!&rdquo
- Owen Kerkvliet, 9, (Huron, SD) &ndash &ldquoHidden Veggie Lasagna&rdquo
- Makenna Hurd, 9, (Mascot, TN) &ndash &ldquoMakenna's Bodacious Banana Muffins&rdquo
- Devanshi Udeshi, 12, (Sugar Land, TX) &ndash &ldquoSlam Dunk Veggie Burger&rdquo
- Cecily Asplund, 10, (Provo, UT) &ndash &ldquoLucky Lettuce Cups&rdquo
- Campbell Kielb, 8, (Sterling, VA) &ndash &ldquoOrange Chicken Lettuce Wraps&rdquo
- Colin Hurliman, 9, (Burlington, VT) &ndash &ldquoChamp's Maple BBQ Turkey Burgers&rdquo
- Amber Kelley, 10, (Woodinville, WA) &ndash &ldquoNummy No-Noodle Lasagna&rdquo
- Liam Kivirist, 11, (Browntown, WI) &ndash &ldquoWisconsin Solar Oven-Simmered Chili&rdquo
- Jessica Wolfe, 9, (Shepherdstown, WV) &ndash &ldquoSpicy Tofu Lettuce Cups&rdquo
- Breeze Petty, 11, (Thermopolis, WY) &ndash &ldquoScrumptious Chili with Zucchini Cornbread&rdquo
- Ingrid Lamberg, 9, (Washington, DC) &ndash &ldquoInga Binga's Salmon Salad&rdquo
- Genzo Gonzales, 11, (Saipan, MP) &ndash &ldquoKangkong Pomegranate Salad&rdquo
- Aliana Piñero, 9, (San Juan, PR) &ndash &ldquoYummy Eggplant Lasagna Rolls&rdquo
- Sakari Clendinen, 8, (St. Thomas, VI) &ndash &ldquoZucchini Pancakes & Passion Fruit Banana Smoothie&rdquo
The winners were chosen by a panel of judges that included: Tanya Steel, Epicurious editor-in-chief Sam Kass, Executive Director of Let&rsquos Move! and Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition Dr. Robert C. Post, Associate Executive Director, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA Susan Winchell, Assistant General Counsel for Ethics, USED Sam Myers, Jr., White House Liaison, USED Mike Curtain, CEO of DC Central Kitchen and The Campus Kitchens Project and two Washington, D.C.-based children who are graduates of Share our Strength&rsquos Cooking Matters program. For a behind the scenes look at this year&rsquos judging, click HERE.
The full list of winners and recipes can be found online at recipechallenge.epicurious.com. Additionally, a free downloadable and printable e-cookbook of the winning recipes, including nutritional analyses and photos, will be available in July at the contest site, epicurious.com, letsmove.obamawhitehouse.archives.gov, USDA.gov, and Ed.gov.
&ldquoThis year, we received very sophisticated recipe entries from all over the country that featured healthy ingredients like salmon, Greek yogurt, and ground turkey, which made it a delicious challenge to select the finalists,&rdquo said Tanya Steel. &ldquoEach recipe also included anecdotes explaining the importance of healthy eating. The insight from the kids who entered the challenge demonstrates that today&rsquos youth understands the need to strengthen their bodies and minds with the most wholesome ingredients available. We are, once again, incredibly thankful to Mrs. Obama for joining Epicurious to continue to raise awareness for the importance of healthy eating for future generations.&rdquo
&ldquoHealthy eating can help spur academic success,&rdquo said Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education. &ldquoAnd it&rsquos exciting that our young people have harnessed their creativity to come up with fresh, new recipes that are nutritious and healthy. This competition is just another example of how kids can rise to any occasion&mdashwhether inside or outside the classroom&mdashwhen challenged.&rdquo
&ldquoThe Healthy Lunchtime Challenge makes healthy eating fun and educational, and I am inspired every year by the creative efforts of these kids to create healthy recipes,&rdquo said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. &ldquoBy taking steps today to help our young people adopt healthy eating habits, we&rsquore not just improving their health in the short term &ndash we&rsquore giving them important tools that will last a lifetime.&rdquo
Shop Bright Coats Inspired by Sasha and Malia Obama's Inauguration Looks
First Lady Michelle Obama may have been the most stylish attendee at last weekend's whirlwind of inauguration events, but special mention must be given to her adorable and equally well-dressed daughters, Sasha and Malia. We loved the colorful (and coordinating!) coats and winter accessories the girls chose for the public swearing-in ceremony, which have us jonesing for some similar outerwear to add to our own cold-weather wardrobes.
Sasha (nee Natasha--something we learned during the broadcast!), 11, picked a periwinkle-hued coat by Kate Spade for the festivities, which she accented with a lavender scarf and gloves. Meanwhile, 14-year-old Malia--whose coat choices we've already extolled--went for a pale violet J.Crew topper color-blocked with an eggplant-toned snood and teal gloves. Malia's scarf perfectly matched her mom's gloves--which we suspect was no mere coincidence.
Do you love the younger Obamas' inauguration outerwear as much as we do? Click through to shop some similarly colorful coats!
Obama's Biggest Donors Aren't Paying Up For Inauguration
WASHINGTON &mdash The committee responsible for planning President Barack Obama&rsquos inauguration appears to be having a hard time raising money from some of the president&rsquos most important supporters.
On Friday, the Presidential Inaugural Committee released a list of 417 corporate and individual names that have contributed more than $200 to the organization, which plans events like the National Day of Service and the two Inaugural balls. But only 14 of Obama&rsquos 443 campaign bundlers &mdash those who raised more than $50,000 to well upwards of $500,000 &mdash have so far donated to the group.
The list of bundlers who have not given to the Inaugural Committee include all four of the Obama campaign&rsquos finance chairs: Ambassador Matthew Barzun, Eva Longoria, Jane Stetson, and Frank White, each of whom raised hundreds of thousands of dollars during the election. And while bundlers don&rsquot necessarily donate their own money, each of them also gave the maximum legal amount to both the campaign and the Democratic National Committee, according to FEC records.
No one who raised more than $500,000 for the reelection has yet donated to the committee. Inaugurals rarely draw the same donor excitement as the election, and many of Obama's bundlers were pressed to raise more and more in the final months of the campaign, but in 2009 scores of Obama bundlers proceeded to write checks for the events surrounding their candidate's swearing-in.
Among the prominent Obama bundlers who haven&rsquot yet donated to the inaugural committee are Salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff, film producer and Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, hedge fund executive Orin Kramer, Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer, Chicago philanthropist Penny Pritzker, film producer Harvey Weinstein, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
Obama relaxed self-imposed ethics regulations for the inaugural committee for the second term. In 2009, the committee was barred from accepting corporate donations, and individual contributions were capped at $50,000. Both of those restrictions have been relaxed, and Microsoft and AT&T are listed among the 2013 donors. The committee did not report corporate affiliations of the individual donors, nor how much they donated to the organizations.
In 2009 the inaugural committee raised more than $54 million. The goal for this year&rsquos committee is $50 million.
Addie Whisenant, a spokesperson for the committee, said "The list on our website is an initial list and we will be updating it multiple times in the days leading up to Inauguration Day."
Oakland chef serving up special 'Inauguration Day Dinner' featuring Kamala Harris' favorite dish
East Bay Chef, Robert Dorsey, is serving up a special “Inauguration Day Dinner” to celebrate the Biden/ Harris administration.
Harris and Dorsey attended Thousand Oaks Elementary school in Berkeley and had the same first grade teacher, Mrs. Frances Wilson.
"I had Mrs. Wilson for the first and second grade so I had the luxury of having her two years," said Robert Dorsey, Chef and Owner of Robert Dorsey Catering and Events. "It wasn't until five or six years ago that I realized that Vice president-elect also had Mrs. Wilson as a teacher. Prior to learning this, Mrs. Wilson had been one of the instrumental individuals of my life. She was one of the first individuals that gave me hope and gave me life."
Dorsey noticed that he had a lot more in common with vice president-elect, their love of gumbo.
"That is what sparked me to put that on the Inauguration Day menu," said Dorsey. "The fact that, being in Berkeley and coming from the melting pot at Thousand Oaks, where we came from, was really fitting. The true connection is our love affair with gumbo"
Dorsey's love of cooking started over three decades ago and finds one of his joys in sharing different cultures through food.
The Inauguration Day Dinner includes an appetizer - Panko crusted crab cakes with organic coastal greens & Cajun remoulade. The main dish is seafood gumbo made with the most important ingredient, love. For the sweet finale, banana raisin bread pudding with bourbon caramel.
"It feels like I am representing the vice president-elect in her hometown on this stage in this monumental time," said Dorsey. "To have someone with vice president-elect's heritage in the White House is really huge."
While the Bay Area is sheltering-in-place, Dorsey wanted to provide his community with a delicious meal to celebrate the new administration.
"We are making it available the day before, so folks have time to prepare and watch the Inauguration and enjoy some dinner," said Dorsey. "I want to kick it off with some gumbo. We will be standing proud on the Inauguration Day. I am going to sit down and enjoy a pot of gumbo. I am going to bask in this moment and share this moment with my family and my community."
On Inauguration Day, not everyone is talking about the inauguration of the next U.S. president some (like me) are talking about the animals hidden within the word itself. Listen to my radio commentary for NPR below (or on KQED’s website). Here is the transcript for your pleasure.
On January 20th, not everyone will be talking about the inauguration of the 46th president of the United States some of us — well, probably only me — will be talking about the word INAUGURATION itself and the animals hidden within.
An INAUGURATION is the act of starting something new — like a business or a presidency — and its origins go all the way back to the religion of ancient Rome when priests called augurs interpreted the will of the gods by studying the omens aka the auguries to predict whether the undertaking in question was auspicious or inauspicious — a practice referred to as “taking the auspices”
They did this by reading the flight patterns, songs, and eating habits of birds, a practice called “inauguare.”
So, through the root avis meaning “bird,” our feathered friends reside in the words auspices, auspicious, inauspicious, inaugurate, inaugural, and inauguration.
And inauguration became the word we use to elect politicians into office with the hope that their inauguration foreshadows an auspicious tenure.
Today, we know we don’t have to interpret the will of the gods to predict the future and we don’t need to read the behavior of birds to tell us whether or not an elected official will carry out their duties favorably and with success. (We never really did.)
All we need to do is look at the behavior of the candidate — their experience, reputation, and ability to lead their honesty, empathy, and vision their ability to communicate, their commitment to the public good, their allegiance to democracy.
A Letter To My Son, On The Day Of Donald Trump’s Inauguration
You’re not even a year old yet, and you’ve already lived through the toughest couple of months of your mom’s entire life. (And you didn’t even miss a nap! Well done.) The stress, anxiety, nausea, and sleeplessness of the night Donald Trump was elected president really makes the night I gave birth to you seem like a delightful, albeit bloody, family vacation. I’ve been lucky enough to make it 31 years without ever feeling this abandoned by my fellow Americans—because, in my mind, it’s hard to separate my neighbors and family members who voted in favor of Trump and Pence from all the racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, homophobic (shall I go on?) policies that those men plan to bring to fruition. I’m scared as hell—and I’m one of the lucky ones.
Through all the horrible events in recent years, I still had faith—in President Obama, in the Black Lives Matter movement, in the power of American citizens to turn things around for the better. After 9/11, we rallied as Americans and as New Yorkers to emerge stronger in the face of unknown terror. But this election has been the ultimate horror-film moment for me: The call was coming from inside the house. All the hatred and cruelty and fear-mongering and white supremacist garbage that many of us brushed off as “just crazy campaign antics” during the election turns out to have been something that is now considered worthy of a national platform. This all leaves some of us feeling as if, come Inauguration Day, there will be no protectors left to keep us safe. But Silas, there are protectors left—and soon, you will be one of them.
I won’t lie: I’m afraid for your future. I see the news, and all the hate crimes and harassment since the election, and I want to yell, “WTF, America?! This is no place for a child!!” My first instinct is always an absurd desire to simply protect you from all of it: Your uncle voted Trump because he thinks gun access is more important than women’s bodies? Guess we’ll skip Thanksgiving this year! The Rust Belt flipped for Trump? Guess we won’t road-trip to Michigan after all! But these thoughts are nothing but desperate, lame attempts at holing up and shutting down in hopes of avoiding conflict and not getting hurt—and that won’t accomplish anything. You will get hurt, Silas. I hate it. But we all get hurt we just have to make sure it’s worthwhile wounds from fighting the good fight.
Because guess what? You are in a position of privilege. You are white, you are middle class, and you have parents who will fight with every scrap of our beings for your safety, your education, and your rights. But although you’re hands-down my favorite kid, you’re not actually any better than any other kid out there. And sure, it’s easy to assume you’re safe, protected—“lucky” enough to be a white male in Trump’s America. But maybe you won’t identify as male. Maybe you won’t identify as straight. Maybe your best friend or the love of your life will be an immigrant or a Muslim or even—how unoriginal—a woman. Chances are, you or someone dear to you will be one of the people whose health, safety, and wellbeing is currently on the line. And fighting against discrimination, harassment, and hatred is not just about protecting your own rights it’s about protecting all of our rights, because we are all equal.
For now, as scared as I am, all I can do is promise to teach you — by doing, not just by telling. I promise to show you what tolerance and kindness looks like, every day, here in our little red state and everywhere else we go. I promise to teach you about feminism and equality, and how there are no such things as “boy colors” or “girl toys.” I promise to show you what respect looks like, and consent, and to make sure you know that everyone’s body is their own. I promise to help you meet all kinds of different people and listen to their stories. I promise to let you fall down, and I promise to pick you back up again. I hope you will have the confidence to know that you’re powerful—and the compassion to use your power for good.
I know you will be “one of the good guys” you already are. I know your generation will be the ones to continue what we started: tearing down walls, dismantling the establishment from within. But I also want to tell you this: As much as you are strong and brave, you don’t always have to be a hero. You can rest when it’s all too much. You can be soft. You can cry. Like I said before, you are the same as everybody else. All of your feelings are valid—even the quiet or sad or angry ones. And so are theirs.
Which reminds me: Listen to folks on the other side, too. Their opinions may seem misguided to me, but their emotions are real, and many of them are no strangers to this sense of abandonment that I have only just started to experience myself. Something motivated more than 60 million people to vote differently than I did in November—and I have to believe it wasn’t all just hate.
I’ve been so angry, Silas. But the next time I talk to your uncle, or That One Conservative Guy At Work, or end up being picked up by an Uber driver who voted for Trump, I’m going to ask them why. Because it’s not enough to close our minds, cover our ears, and sing “lalala can’t hear you” when faced with the reality of a divided, downtrodden nation that’s desperate for change. Our hearts may encounter hatred, and we may want to hate it right back — I know I do (luckily, your dad is usually around to restrain me). But the only way to move forward is through conversation — as painful and cringe-worthy and uncomfortable as it can be. Because we just don’t have the luxury of staying in our comfort zones anymore.
I know you’re going to make the world a better place. It’s not going to be easy, but I’ll be right behind you (probably with snacks). These four years are going to be rough, but then they’re going to be over—and we are never going back. And hey, in 17 years, you get to vote in your first election. And in 17 years, Michelle Obama will be the exact age that Hillary Clinton is now.
Amelia Edelman is a freelance editor, journalist, and essayist from NYC now living in Nashville. She is a regular contributor to Refinery29 and has also been published by MTV, xoJane, Folio Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, and elsewhere. When not writing, she is usually marveling at the TN "winter" and/or trying to get her son to put on pants.
Michelle Obama: Four More Years of Substance and Style
Sometimes a dress is just a dress (albeit, a cute one), and sometimes a dress is worn by Michelle Obama and is much more than a mere garment, it is an integral piece of American history. Ever since the Obamas took up residence at the White House, the nation has been quick to chronicle and critique her clothing choices, triggering unwarranted debates on everything from price tags to supposed symbolic value. We are a nation obsessed, and with good reason: we have a first lady we can relate to and her clothes serve as a constant reminder of her accessibility.
Our fixation with Michelle's style transcends purely superficial "who wore it best" conversations and frivolous banter, it celebrates female power. We admire our first lady's signature style because she takes risks. Michelle has stepped out in shorts, bared her arms, worked out on late-night television shows and we relate to those informal moments. She wears pieces straight from the runways and J.Crew catalogues alike with a certain casualness mixing in Target pieces and re-wearing pricey frocks proving she's just a regular mom-in-chief. Aware of the influence of her clothing choices, she doesn't favor one label, rather she selects traditional pieces from classic fashion houses (Ralph Lauren and Oscar de la Renta) in addition to cutting-edge contemporary designers whose names we can not pronounce (Prabal Gurung and Naeem Khan), all the while looking fresh, confident and always appropriate. Her fashion is functional -- there's nothing stuffy or costumey about her choices. Michelle knows what you wear says a lot about who you are, and her wardrobe conveys a message about being a woman of substance and style.
To quote Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, "hope. is the only thing stronger than fear. " I am familiar with hope. My parents raised me to be an independent, ambitious, confident woman. From a very young age I was repeatedly told "I could do anything," in addition to being reminded regularly that I was smart, beautiful and loved. Seeing as I went through one hell of an awkward stage, and had overachieving Ivy League-bound siblings, the smart and beautiful parts did not resonate with me (didn't parents have to say that to their kids?) as much as the promise that I could create my own destiny. Armed with hope and a solid work ethic, I was determined to forge my own path in life: choosing a Southern University over the New England schools my friends attended, a career in fashion armed with only a liberal arts degree and a life in DC with no local friends, family, job connections or even an interest in politics. But at each junction in life a little voice from within encouraged me to follow my dreams, and upon each success asked me, "what now, what's next?" That voice kept me moving forward and challenging the status quo. Michelle, who dared to wear a bold red Alexander McQueen dress to a state dinner and took a public stance on political initiatives like healthy eating, continues to inspire me to take chances.
I remember exactly where I was when Michelle Obama stood beside Barack on election night and again on Inauguration Day in 2009 I was 25 and working for a prominent stylist, looking back I can say that was the most thin, tired and broke I've ever been. It was also one of the most exciting times in my life -- working long hours learning my craft firsthand from a true expert in the field who demanded perfection from herself and her staff, and making the most of the few precious hours in between exploring my new city. While extremely overworked and underpaid, I had the sense that this was the beginning of something bigger, both personally and professionally. DC was growing and changing, and so was I. Michelle Obama embodied her husband's campaign message of hope and change by leaving behind the pastel pantsuits and quiet smiles of the generations before her, thus shattering the conventional image of a first lady.
So will we be talking about Michelle Obama's outfit? Of course, but her clothes and the dialogues they promote will occur amongst people who no longer feel estranged from the first lady. Somewhere in America there are little girls dreaming about being the first lady or the first female president, and Michelle's clothes give them hope. hope that they too can defy society's expectations and stereotypes.
Chrissy Teigen and her food antics
While we don't have a ton of other information about the tooth incident, we do know that Chrissy Teigen likes a night meal, thanks to a series of posts about her "night eggs" ritual (via Delish). Yes, Teigen gets bouts of extreme hunger at all hours of the night, so her solution, as she revealed in 2019, is bringing two hard-boiled eggs into bed with her. "I bring up two peeled eggs with me since I wake up so hungry in the night. Do u know how gross it is to eat hard eggs in the night," she wrote on Twitter. She even posted a picture of said eggs.
Fruit Roll-Ups and night eggs aside, Teigen has a solid repertoire of home cooking thanks to her cookbooks, Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat and Cravings: Hungry for More, which feature everything from one-pot meals to Thai favorites (via Amazon). Some of the most popular recipes on her cooking website, Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, are her mom's drunken noodles, cacio e pepe oatmeal, and Chinese chicken salad summer rolls. These are all great, but honestly, we'd take a Fruit Roll-Up too. Just let us keep our teeth.
Inauguration 2013: The big cakes of the inaugural balls
At the commander in chief’s inaugural ball at the Washington Convention Center, President Obama will host 4,000 armed service members, Alicia Keyes and Jamie Foxx will perform, and a six-tiered cake from Duff Goldman’s Charm City Cakes, of “Ace of Cakes” fame, will be eaten.
The cake -- layers of red velvet, lemon poppy seed, pineapple coconut and pumpkin chocolate chip with Swiss buttercream -- is decorated with the presidential seal, emblems of each U.S. military branch, hand-painted red, white and blue stars and stripes, and patriotic fondant bunting.
Meanwhile, a three-tier 500-pound cheesecake has been prepared by Eli’s Cheesecake of Chicago for the inaugural ball for Obama’s staff on Tuesday. The cheesecake, layers of plain and chocolate chip, is decorated with gold stars, a blue presidential eagle and the inaugural seal. The top tier is a replica of the Capitol Dome.
The cake called for 155 pounds of cream cheese, 50 pounds of butter, 45 pounds of sugar, 40 pounds of sour cream, 20 pounds of flour, 15 pounds of chocolate chips, 5 pounds of powdered sugar, 20 dozen eggs and 2 cups of Madagascar vanilla, in addition to 100 pounds of buttercream, according to the blog Obama Foodorama.
The layers are being delivered in a refrigerated truck driving overnight from Chicago to Washington, where they will be assembled for Tuesday’s ball and served to 6,000 guests.