Friday, August 13, 2010

New Video: Sam Kass, New Orleans Saints Cook Gulf Shrimp In The White House Kitchen

White House Gulf seafood promotion continues...
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UPDATE: President has a Gulf shrimp Po'Boy at Parkway Bakery & Tavern, talks Saints & seafood during his remarks at Xavier University
UPDATE: President talks Gulf seafood safety in Florida...and eats some, too
UPDATE: Behind the scenes: The 30-ft White House Gulf Seafood Po'Boy
The White House has released a new video lauding the safety of Gulf coast seafood. It's some behind-the-scenes fun from the White House kitchen shot on Monday, when New Orleans Saints players Nick Leckey, Garrett Hartley, Bobby McCray, and Zach Strief gave Sam Kass, assistant chef and Senior Policy Adviser for Healthy Food Initiatives, some NOLA cooking lessons featuring Gulf coast shrimp. (Above: The Saints in the kitchen with Kass)

This week's White House promotion of Gulf seafood safety has inspired protest from some Louisiana fisherfolk and conservationists, who say that the seafood is not as safe as the White House claims. The week saw a big presidential push to promote the region's most important edible asset; as he honored the Saints for their Super Bowl 2009 championship, President Obama praised Gulf seafood during his remarks, and those words provide the voice-over for the new video. It closes with a screen urging viewers to visit the special White House Gulf seafood blog page, newly posted today, that gives details on seafood safety, including links to federal websites for seafood testing, and openings and closings of Gulf fishing waters.

The recipe the Saints demo for Kass calls for a Bourbon, honey, and chipotle Tabasco marinade, and is from a cookbook for Streif's Dream Big Foundation (read the recipe at the bottom of this post).

"You put it on some French bread and you got yourself a po' boy," McCray says of the shrimp and sausage. "Bam! New Orleans."

"They've done a ton of testing, it's all been cleared, and everything's good, it's the best in the country," Streif says of the shrimp.

The camera follows the players and Kass through the White House halls as they walk over to visit Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in his office, and deliver a skewer of the Gulf shrimp and sausage. (Above: Strief and Gibbs)

"This is your lucky day," Kass says to Gibbs.

"That's wonderful," Gibbs says as he takes a bite.

The camera then follows Kass and the Saints into the White House briefing room, where they serve journalists more Gulf shrimp.

Monday: White House livechat about seafood safety
On Monday, the White House Gulf seafood promotion campaign continues with a livechat at 2:00 PM ET, with NOAA Director Dr. Jane Lubchenco, who will discuss Gulf seafood safety with interested citizens at Questions can be submitted in advance to the White House Facebook, or via the livestream comment form.

The White House Gulf Seafood Festival officially started last Sunday, when senior energy and climate adviser Carol Browner announced on national television that Gulf shrimp was being served at President Obama's belated 49th birthday barbecue. It was the only menu detail announced to the public. It continued with the Saints in the kitchen and briefing room, and with deputy press secretary Bill Burton announcing on Tuesday that the President and First Lady will be eating seafood when they visit Panama City Beach, FL, this weekend. Details on the protests against the White House seafood campaign are here. The White House seafood campaign gets a send-up here.


*White House video.