Barack in for a real treat

Seafood stew, duck and pheasant soup and sponge cake will be on the menu for the inaugural luncheon.

by: Leslie Gevirtz: Reuters | 19 Jan 2009

Guests at the inaugural luncheon of Barack Obama will be treated to a five-star meal and some of California's finest wines. And they will toast the new president with a Korbel Natural "Special Inauguration Cuvee" California Champagne.

About 230 guests have been invited to the luncheon, organised by Design Cuisine, a Washington catering company, in the Capitol's Statuary Hall

The first course, a seafood stew, filled with lobster, scallops, shrimp and cod, will be served with Duckhorn Vineyards's 2007 Sauvignon Blanc.

The main course, a brace of duck and pheasant served with sour cherry chutney and molasses sweet potatoes, will be accompanied by Goldeneye, 2005 Pinot Noir, from California's Anderson Valley.

Korbel's Heck, who has been in the wine business for 43 years, said he had sent about 18 magnum cases to Washington to be served with the dessert course; an apple cinnamon sponge cake with sweet cream glace.

"It's the same wine as in our Korbel Natural. These are just special bottles," he said.

Cooks looking to replicate the inauguration luncheon menu can download the recipes at the inaugural website

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