Food writers and editors from across the US are having a delicious conclave in Washington, DC, this week for the annual meeting of the Association of Food Journalists. During two panel sessions on Wednesday, they'll be regaled with behind-the-scenes tales about President and First Lady Obama's culinary adventures and those of other First Couples, with dishing from current and former White House chefs and DC-area chefs and restaurateurs. Obama Foodorama reporter Marian Burros, formerly of the New York Times, will moderate the chef panel, titled "Cooking at the White House." Scheduled to take part are White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford (above), Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, former Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier, who served for more than 25 years, and chef Frank Ruta, who worked during the Clinton Administration.
"Learn about dining situations then and now, ranging from official functions to family affairs, and the current crew's adventures in the garden," reads the panel description.
The Washington Post is hosting the journalists' gathering. Wednesday's second Obama panel is titled "What Happens When The First Couple Dines Out?" Chefs and restaurateurs from in and around DC will dish, including Cathal Armstrong, chef/owner of Restaurant Eve; Ellen Gray, co-owner of Equinox; Nizam Ali, co-owner of Ben's Chili Bowl; Saied Azali, co-owner of Mintwood Place; Ashok Bajaj, owner of Rajika; and Rikka Johnson, General Manager of The Source. Moderator is journalist and cookbook author David Hagedorn.
"Savor tales from behind the scenes," reads the panel description.
The full schedule of the conference events [PDF].