Presidential Eats

‘Nothing Went Wrong’ for Rick Bayless at the State Dinner

He can smile now.
He can smile now. Photo: kbrav/Flickr

Rick Bayless didn’t tweet from the kitchen, White House chef Cristeta Comerford didn’t quit in disgust, and not a rodent was in sight. In general, a successful state dinner. Though mired in a series of mini-controversies, Bayless told Esquire that everything went to plan, “I have to say, in this dinner, nothing went wrong.” The menu featured a jicama salad, the rumored green ceviche and Oaxacan black mole, and a Chocolate-Cajeta tart. The full menu is below, along with a recipe for the mole, and, perhaps, a few too many nice words for Michelle Obama.

Asked by Esquire who looked the best at the event, Bayless unleashed a flurry of praise on Michelle Obama, calling her beautiful no less than five times in five sentences. May have been a little overboard, but after seeing the pictures we kind of have to agree with him.

If you’re curious about making some of this Presidential food at home, the AP unveiled the full recipe for Bayless’s black mole, which includes about 27 ingredients and takes two days to make. Have fun with that one.

Things are basically back to normal, except for Bayless’s online presence. After being accused of tweeting from the White House kitchen by Lynn Sweet of the Sun Times, Bayless has been offline for over 24 hours. I’m not sure this has ever happened before. Come back Rick!

White House State Dinner

Jicama with Oranges, Grapefruit, and Pineapple
Citrus Vinaigrette
Ulises Valdez Chardonnay 2007 “Russian River”

Herb Green Ceviche of Hawaiian Opah
Sesame-Cilantro Cracker

Oregon Wagyu Beef in Oaxacan Black Mole
Black Bean Tamalon and Grilled Green Beans
Herrera Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 “Selección Rebecca”

Chocolate-Cajeta Tart
Toasted Homemade Marshmallows
Graham Cracker Crumble and Goat Cheese Ice Cream
Mumm Napa “Carlos Santana Brut” N/V

Rick Bayless: How I Cooked for Obama’s State Dinner [Esquire]

Rick Bayless’ recipe for state dinner black mole [AP]

‘Nothing Went Wrong’ for Rick Bayless at the State Dinner