in partnership
surf and turf.jpg

What will Trump eat as his first presidential meal? Surf and turf

In case you hadn't heard (hardy har har), there's kind of a big event going down in D.C. today... Yes, we are less than an hour away from swearing in the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump. While there's been mass controversy and discord surrounding his election, we thought we'd step back from the political chatter and explore something on the lighter side of this Inauguration: what will President Trump consume for his first meal as the President of the United States of America?

Immediately following his swearing in and Inaugural Address, President Trump will be escorted to Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol for the traditional Inaugural luncheon.The luncheon is a program that dates back to 1897, when the Senate Committee on Arrangements held a luncheon for President McKinley at the U.S. Capitol. However, the formatting we see today started in 1953 after Dwight Eisenhower's Inauguration, where he was served a menu of creamed chicken, baked ham and potato puffs in the now-restored Old Senate Chamber.

First Course:

Maine lobster and Gulf shrimp with saffron sauce and peanut crumble
J. Lohr 2013 Arroyo Vista Chardonnay

Second Course:
Grilled Seven Hills Angus beef with dark chocolate and juniper jus and potato gratin
Delicato Black Stallion 2012 Limited Release Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Third Course:
Chocolate soufflé and cherry vanilla ice cream
Korbel Natural "Special Inaugural Cuvée" California Champagne

Though the incoming and outgoing Presidents Trump and Obama have very little in common, it seems they may have similar food tastes, as President Obama dined on steamed lobster, grilled bison and apple pie at his 2013 Inaugural Luncheon.

You can see the menus from all the Inaugural Luncheons dating back to James Carter here, but before you click, let's play a little matching game! Can you guess...

  • Which president served Beggars Pudding with Quince Ice Cream as dessert at his second Inauguration luncheon? (P.S. that hint rules out one President...)
  • Which president canceled his Inauguration Luncheon as part of his message of "a new beginning"?
  • Which president and vice president received hand-blown crystal bowls by Lenox as an Inauguration gift at their luncheon?