Michelle Obama Hosts Farm-To-Table Lunch At Stone Barns Center For Food & Agriculture (PHOTOS)
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Michelle Obama was down on the farm on Friday, along with First Ladies from a bushelful of nations visited the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture on Friday in Pocantico Hills, Westchester county, New York as part of Michelle's healthy eating program.
They received a tour from Executive Chef of Blue Hill restaurant Dan Barber, talked with students from JFK Magnet School and Pocantico Hills Central School and ate a farm-to-table lunch. According to pool reports, the menu included White House fruits and veggies, chicken, homemade yogurt and sachertorte for dessert.
The AP has more on the visit:
POCANTICO HILLS, N.Y. - First lady Michelle Obama gave her healthy eating initiative a global showcase Friday when she welcomed spouses of world leaders to tour a farm north of New York City, then treated them to a seasonal lunch featuring bounty from the farm and the White House garden.
The spouses, who came from places as diverse as Cameroon, Mongolia, Swaziland and Latvia, toured the Stone Barns Center about 25 miles north of New York, which is both a farm and an educational center working on sustainable farming -- a cause close to the first lady's heart.
And it shares the premises with one of the most renowned restaurants in the New York area, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, where the women lunched on sungold tomatoes from the White House Kitchen Garden, eggs harvested minutes earlier from the farm's chickens, and chicken with eggplant and ratatouille -- also from the White House garden.
Addressing the spouses, Mrs. Obama, wearing an appropriately floral-and foliage-themed print dress, emphasized the importance of children learning directly about the food they eat. Also participating in the day's events were third-graders from two local schools, who helped prepare the lunch by harvesting eggs and collecting herbs.
"Many kids may never learn that ketchup comes from a tomato and french fries from a potato," Mrs. Obama said. "Because they're disconnected from the food they eat."
And speaking of tomatoes, the first lady related a story about how daughter Sasha had been a tomato-phobe -- until she made her own tomato, mozzarella and pesto sandwich in a cooking class at school. "Do you know those hair tomatoes?" she asked her mother, referring to heirloom tomatoes, Mrs. Obama recounted. "Now THOSE are good tomatoes!"
Now, Mrs. Obama said, Sasha is a fan. "We can do that with our children," she added.
The day's meal was prepared by the restaurant's top chef and co-owner, Dan Barber, as well as three White House chefs who flew up for the occasion: Cristeta Comerford, Bill Yosses and Sam Kass, who is active in the first lady's anti-obesity initiative.
The spouses were serenaded by a string quartet from the Juilliard School in New York City as they ate. And yes, of course there was and appropriately healthy dessert: Red jacket apricots, accompanied by "White House honey sorbet."
For the occasion, Michelle donned a Tracy Feith dress and silver ballet flats. Check out pictures from the afternoon.
Tinki - bot said on 27 Monday 2010 am30 3:21 am:
There is such a warmth and grace about her, absolutely wonderful to see. The body language of her guests just says it all, really. Be proud America; what a wonderful ambassador to the world!