54 children from across the country were invited to the White House today for the first ever “Kids’ State Dinner” to celebrate healthy eating and the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign.
Baked Zuccini Fries and Cabbage Sloppy Joes were two of the winning recipes chosen to be on the lunch menu from among the hundreds of healthy meal ideas submitted by the kids, aged 8-12 from all 50 states.
Not only is it the first State Dinner where the guests of honor were all under the age of 13, it’s also the first time the White House kitchen has served a formal meal where the entire menu was created by cooks who have no formal training.
Epicurious, a website that co-sponsored the contest, reports that the President also warned the kids about Bo, the family dog. “Try not to drop any scraps on the floor because Bo is on a diet right now, and he will eat anything that he sees.”
The winners arrived in Washington, D.C. yesterday and toured the new Julia Child exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution.
This morning at the White House they were treated like heads of state, dining among elaborate table decorations and using the red china designed by Nancy Reagan.
Winners were selected from among 1,200 recipes, which were evaluated at D.C. Central Kitchen by a panel of judges that included White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass. Watch the White House chefs talk about the menu in the video below.
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