Inaugural menu matters

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The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies

If you are looking for inspiration for your reception or rehearsal dinner menu, consider drawing on a menu from the past or incorporate favorites that have special meaning to your family or heritage. The upcoming Inaugural Lunch is following just such inspiration. After the new president is sworn-in, he and his distinguished guests will dine in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol on a menu inspired by Abraham Lincoln's favorite foods, served on a replica of the Lincoln china.

Inaugural Lunch Menu
First Course
Seafood Stew
Paired with a 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Second Course
A Brace of American Birds(pheasant and Duck) with Sour Cherry Chutney
Herb Roasted Pheasant with Wild Rice Stuffing
Molasses Whipped Sweet Potatoes
Winter Vegetables
Paired with Goldeneye, 2005 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Third Course
Cinnamon Apple Sponge Cake
Paired with Korbel Natural "Special Inaugural Cuvee," California Champagne

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has posted the recipes here.

The floral arrangements for the tables will consist of deep rich hues made up of Red Charlotte roses, Rouge Basier roses, Hot Lady roses, a floribunda rose called Hot Majolica, hydrangea in shades of blues and purples, and light blue delphinium. They're designed by JLB Floral of Alexandria, Virginia.

After the luncheon, they will be donated to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. This is something you can do with your reception flowers as well. Many reception venues will donate the arrangements to hospitals if you let them know your wishes beforehand. —Michelle Preli

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