Fascinating facts about the Inauguration on Monday. Did you know that since 1901, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has been responsible for the planning and execution of the swearing-in ceremonies and the meal following the Inauguration of the President of the United States at the U.S. Capitol? Here's the menu and if you want to eat it you just have to visit Bravo! Restaurant in Kalamazoo on Monday or Thursday next week. This special meal is also available to go.
2013 Inaugural Dinner Menu
Steamed Lobster Tail
With New England Clam Chowder Sauce
Sweet Potato Hay
Hickory Grilled Bison
With Red Potato Horseradish Cake
And Wild Huckleberry Reduction
Butternut Squash Purée
Baby Golden Beets and Green Beans
Strawberry Preserve and Red Cabbage
Hudson Valley Apple Pie
With Sour Cream Ice Cream
Aged Cheese and Honey
Maple Caramel Sauce
A package price for all 3 courses $48.00
Inaugural meals have a rich tradition in Washington. Members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, led by chairman Charles E. Schumer, include Senator Lamar Alexander, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Speaker of the House John A. Boehner, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. They are tasked with planning the sit-down meal for 200 guests, which include the president, vice president, members of their families, the Supreme Court judges, Cabinet members, and Congressional leaders.
This is the seventh time in U.S. history that the constitutionally mandated inauguration date of Jan. 20 has fallen on a Sunday. The last time was for President Ronald Reagan’s second inauguration in 1985. When this occurs, the public ceremonies traditionally are held on the following Monday, which this year coincides with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It is the second time that this federal holiday has coincided with a Presidential Inauguration; the first was President Bill Clinton’s second inauguration in 1997.