Lincoln-era cuisine was on the luncheon menu for Barack Obama’s inauguration. 2009 is the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth and in his honor, the meal’s title was “A New Birth of Freedom.”
The food was hearty and warm, which was surely welcome after the cold inaugural weather. Seafood stew began the meal. “Brace of American Birds,” the main course, was two birds: Duck Breast served with Cherry Chutney as well as Herb-Roasted Pheasant with Wild Rice Stuffing complemented by Molasses-Whipped Sweet Potatoes. Dessert: Apple Cinnamon Sponge Cake.
The menu was established before the results of the November 4th election and was subjected to much scrutiny and tasting--as well as a double-check for food allergies.
Nancy Pelosi noted that the most searched term on the White House website inauguration day was for the luncheon’s recipes. They’re available from Delish below or as PDF files from the inaugural website.
It might make a nice menu for President’s Day in February too. Preparing one of the dishes could be an educational activity to do with children who might be better able to understand history when it’s put into a physical context.