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ENRICH-0027 – Food/Hist: Presidential Food & Feasting (ENRICH-0027_PRES)

Beyond the Kitchen: A History of Presidential Food and Feasting

George Washington liked “onions done in the Brazilian way,” Lyndon B. Johnson’s family loved popovers, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt was about to dine on a perfect soufflé when he died of a cerebral hemorrhage. What can we learn about our nation’s presidents by examining their kitchens? Join Adrian Miller, author of the recently released book, The President's Kitchen Cabinet, for an informative and entertaining journey through the history of presidential food. A former White House special assistant to President Bill Clinton, Adrian begins by sharing stories about the home cooking that happens in the Executive Residence. In what creative ways have presidents balanced the desire to stay healthy while enjoying so many elaborate feasts? In class two, Adrian explores the illustrious history of our nation's most notable feast: The White House State Dinner, held in honor of visiting heads of state and critical to U.S. diplomatic efforts. (A few noteworthy faux pas included!) For class three, get the real story on what happens when the president eats outside of the White House, whether traveling (by airplane, boat or train), or eating at a restaurant. Finally, sit down for a communal feast at the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management. Based on actual presidential recipes, the menu includes minted green pea soup, grilled sirloin with gourmet sauce, and sweet potato cheesecake! Devour this peek into a president’s very character through the lens of food and come away with stories to tell.

Four sessions
Tue., 6:30-8:30 pm, Nov. 7, 14, 28, 2017
Presidential meal, Tue., 6:30 pm, Dec. 5
Location: Room 479, Sturm Hall, DU campus


Adrian Miller, The Soul Food Scholar, is an attorney, certified barbecue judge and food writer. He's the author of Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time, which won the 2014 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Reference and Scholarship.
Course Details
Location: DU Main CampusMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 23Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $195

Sessions

Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Tuesday7th November 201728th November 201706:30PM - 08:30PMSturm HallAdrian Miller
Tuesday5th December 20175th December 201706:30PM - 08:30PMN/AAdrian Miller