Thursday, November 26, 2009

2009 Obama Family White House Thanksgiving Menu: Turkey, Ham...Six Kinds of Pie

Fifty guests, 6 kinds of pie, lovely side dishes...
UPDATE, Nov. 25, 2010: The 2010 Obama Thanksgiving menu is here. It's exactly like this one.
The East Wing has just released the Obama Family Thanksgiving menu and some details of the First Family's firs Turkey Day in the White House. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are hosting fifty family members, friends, and staff for Thanksgiving, and the press office report states that President Obama's favorite dishes are Turkey and Pumpkin Pie. (Above: President Obama makes Thanksgiving phone calls to military service members this morning, to thank them and extend holiday wishes)

>All Obama Thanksgiving activities are recapped in this post

There are six different pies on the menu, in keeping with the fact that the President and First Lady frequently praise the pie created by White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, and have nicknamed him "The Crustmaster." Two weeks ago, Yosses went on the record that Banana Cream Pie is the President's favorite, and that's on the Thanksgiving menu, too. No word on sourcing for the ingredients for the dishes, or if any of the ingredients were pulled from the Kitchen Garden, or which White House chef is in the kitchen. Interestingly, macaroni and cheese is on the menu as a side. Last year, when visiting St. Columbanus Church in Chicago on the day before Thanksgiving, the President led gathered school kids in a cheer for macaroni and cheese for Thanksgiving.

This morning, President Obama made phone calls to ten deployed military service members, to thank them and send Thanksgiving greetings; see this post for all other First Family/White House Thanksgiving activities, including the links to the annual Turkey Pardon, the First Family's visit to a local foodbank, and the Presidential Proclamation for Thanksgiving.

Here's the menu:

The 2009 Obama Family White House Thanksgiving Menu

Honey Baked Ham

Cornbread Stuffing
Oyster Stuffing

Macaroni and Cheese
Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole

Pumpkin Pie
Banana Cream Pie
Apple Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
Huckleberry Pie
Cherry Pie

Yesterday, White House aides said no menu would be released, perhaps not realizing that informing America that What The First Family Eats On Holidays is a longstanding White House tradition. In the days leading up to today, there was much Obama Thanksgiving activity, so perhaps the menu seemed less than important? It's not, if the number of e mails received here, and mad blog searches for the information, are any indication. Citizens are interested.

*Photo at top of post by Pete Souza/White House.