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Taste First Ladies’ Recipes, Hear Their Stories from Anita McBride

The American first lady has a critical position in supporting and influencing the president as he carries the weight of the office to a large and diverse nation. Our history has been shaped in many ways by these unsung heroes. Over the course of the last few administrations, Anita McBride has witnessed the ever-changing role, where the first lady approaches her duties in a very personal manner.  With her experience of working within the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, Anita brings a unique perspective of the inner workings of the White House, its personnel and the complicated position of first lady. Read more about her here.

You will have the opportunity to dine with this Washington insider who has been an adviser on four presidential transitions and who is a frequent news commentator on the operations and history of the White House and its occupants.  Don’t miss our Need to Know Dinner with Anita McBride: The Role Without a Rulebook – America’s First Ladies and Their Legacies, next Monday, November 6 at 7 pm.  Because each first lady was unique, I thought it would be interesting to prepare a menu that showcased some of their favorite recipes. It will be an eclectic dinner, highlighting the style and tastes of different eras. For example, imagine dining on Jackie Kennedy’s French inspired Chicken in White Wine together with Rosalynn Carter’s down home recipe for southern hushpuppies! We’ll feature Martha Washington’s famous crab soup alongside Michelle Obama’s modern chopped salad with pecans and tarragon dressing. Try President Truman’s favorite dessert, Ozark Pudding, a dessert that his wife, Bess reportedly prepared for him when he was depressed and missing home. Get your tickets now for this intimate, informative gathering.

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