Friday, June 04, 2010

Cat Cora In The White House Kitchen Garden

Today's big South Lawn launch event for Chefs Move to Schools included a special harvest for the White House Kitchen Garden. Food Network celeb chef Cat Cora was on hand to help First Lady Michelle Obama debut the new Let's Move! project, and then joined Mrs. Obama and fellow chefs in a veggie-pulling and outdoor cooking extravaganza.

It was about 90 degrees in the shade, but Cora seemed entirely unaffected by the heat as she worked with her garden helpers, students from DC's Hollin Meadows Elementary School.

The first Spring Harvest for the Kitchen Garden was on June 16, 2009, and it's been an astonishing year in White House food initiatives since then, with the garden as the springboard and inspiration for Mrs. Obama's childhood obesity campaign.

Cora was last at the White House as the guest chef for a reception in honor of Greek Independence Day, which the President and First Lady hosted in the East Room. In addition to being a bestselling cookbook author and restaurateur, Cora has four kids of her own and has done plenty of work with healthy cooking projects for children. She said she's very excited that Mrs. Obama has brought national attention to school food issues, and lauded the garden.

Related: A post with all the links to what went on today during the launch of Chefs Move To Schools is here.

*Photos by Obama Foodorama