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Friday, January 21, 2005

The Inaugural Menu: one word, VILE

Whitehouse_menu_1(Edit: Jan 21, 6.04am) Ahem, well, this turns out to be a joke. Hey I'm just a silly food blogger, what do I know? Isn't it interesting how credible this seemed though, in the face of all the other incredulous stuff this admin has shown us ?

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Thanks to my friend Lizzie and the Swift Report, I've seen what will be served at the inaugural dinner this weekend. One word fits to describe it, vile. Just vile. Apparently the menu has been created to feature products made by companies run or owned by one of the Pioneers or Rangers, fundraisers who managed to gather together at least 100K and 200k, respectively, for the Bush-Cheney campaign.

Yes, they are mainly large agro-business conglomerates which make everything from Coca Cola to Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Pilgrim's Pride turkeys. Delicious sounding, no?

So you want to hear about the dishes? Try this, Krispy Kremes donuts as the basis for Snowballs in a Hot Fudge sauce made from Nestlé Nesquick. Dunkin Donuts old-fashioned cake doughnuts will be a part of a sweet and savory stuffing for a Pilgrim's Pride Whole Butter Basted Turkeys. Adding insult to injury, the bird will be brined in Coca Cola, yet another major donor, for two days.

"I've never had to create dishes that include soda, doughnuts and canned fruit before," says Scheib, who received his training at the Culinary Institute of America, and cooked at the Capitol Hilton in Washington and the Boca Raton Club before accepting the honor of "top toque" in the White House kitchens. But he says he's not worried. "I've already changed the way I cook and have given up all French recipes. This should be a snap," says Scheib, referring to the White House's ban on béchame/beurre blanc after France refused to support the administration's decision to go to war in Iraq.

Frankly, I haven't felt so sorry -just plain sorry- for someone is such a long time. I kept expecting the chef to beg his leave and go commit Seppuku in his kitchen out of shame.

(Click on the menu to see details--but consider yourself warned, adverse affects may follow, especially if you've just eaten.)

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