Since 1908, the Congressional Club, a group made up of Members of Congress' spouses, has honored the First Lady with a lunch. My boss' wife asked me to go as one of her guests this year! I was thrilled and my expectations were surpassed!
The theme was "Illumination Celebration" and featured lights in general and chandeliers throughout the White House in particular. The first thing I saw when I sat down at the table was a Seda France candle in Japanese Quince (my favorite!) in a special box made for the luncheon!
The food was delicious. We had white cheddar cheese soup topped with smoked popcorn, cornish hen with apricot, sweet potato parsnip and roasted corn hash, and southern biscuits and cornbread (with whipped honey butter). Dessert was the best: there was a duet: warm chocolate molten cake AND spiced apple glace with delicious fresh berries!
As if the food wasn't enough the entertainment was even better. Among several, Julia Murney, who recently played Elphaba in Wicked and Mark McVey who has played Jean Valjean in Les Mis. Mark's singing brought us all to tears!
This is the only picture that I could get of Michelle. She was escorted out by a Marine as were the other spouses of President Obama's cabinet members and, of course, Mr. Pelosi!
The first lady spoke for a few minutes, highlighting her campaign, Let's Move! which is aimed at stopping childhood obesity within a generation.
Here is our great group!