Monday, August 20, 2012

First Lady: "Join Us For The Kids' State Dinner"

White House livestream of the action starts today at 10:00 AM EDT; follow on Twitter with #KidsStateDinner...
 UPDATE:  CLICK HERE for all posts about the event
Ahead of the first-ever Kids' State Dinner luncheon today at the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama sent an e-mail inviting Americans to watch the festivities via livestream on the website. The action kicks off at 10:00 AM EDT as the 54 junior chefs who are the winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge recipe contest arrive at the White House.

There will also be plenty of action on Twitter, with the hashtag #KidsStateDinner. Follow @LetsMove, @WhiteHouse, @Epicurious, @TanyaSteel, and @ObamaFoodorama.

Mrs. Obama's young guests, ages 8-12, will enjoy a luncheon in the East Room made with selections from the winning recipes, and a performance by Nickelodeon's boy band Big Time Rush. After, the kids will tour the First Lady's Kitchen Garden.  CLICK HERE for all posts about the Kids' State Dinner.

Mrs. Obama's e-mail, sent on Sunday evening, explains all the details:

"Hello --

Tomorrow is going to be a special day at the White House, and I wanted to make sure you got a chance to be a part of it.

At lunchtime, 54 kids from all over the United States will join me in the East Room for the first-ever Kids' State Dinner.

Each of these young people worked with their parents to create an original lunch recipe. We asked them to design a dish that was healthy, affordable, and tasty -- and which met the nutritional guidelines set up by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A panel of judges from the groups who partnered with us on this project -- the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education, and Epicurious -- chose these 54 recipes as their favorites.

So now, the kid chefs and their parents are on their way to the White House, and tomorrow we'll all enjoy a meal together and take in a musical performance from Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush. You can watch the whole thing as it happens on our website -- will you join us tomorrow?

WHAT: The Kids' State Dinner at the White House
WHEN: August 20 at 10 a.m. EDT

As a mom, I know that parents are always looking for new ideas to make sure our kids are eating right and staying healthy. That's part of why we launched the Let's Move! initiative.

And it's why we're working with the Department of Education and Epicurious to share a free printable and downloadable cookbook with the winning recipes that these young people created with their parents.

You can learn more about our work to solve the problem of childhood obesity so that all our kids can grow up healthy at

And tomorrow, I hope you will join in the fun of the Kids' State Dinner.


First Lady Michelle Obama

P.S. -- To get a preview of some of the great recipes, go here."


*Photo by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama