Slashfood has an article today on what it’s like to set the menu at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and it’s got some amazing limitations for chefs:
Flambés are banned, after a woman leaning over her dessert caused her fox-fur scarf to catch fire in 2001. Foods that smell very strongly and might be offensive to some guests, like pungent fish or garlic-heavy dishes, are kept at a distance. Gravies and sauces are kept to a minimum as well to decrease the likelihood of drips ruining formal attire.
While formal attire may limit the menu a bit, Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford has been cooking up some amazing events, including the state dinner with Charles and Camilla last November. Look at those hors d’oeuvre!
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs