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First Lady Michelle Obama Holds Chefs Move to Schools Event

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Written by Sam Kass

Chefs Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids

First Lady Michelle Obama addresses hundreds of chefs from around the country during a “Let’s Move!” event on the South Lawn of the White House, June 4, 2010. The First Lady called on chefs to get involved by adopting a school and working with teachers, parents, school nutritionists and administrators to help educate kids about food and nutrition. June 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

What an amazing day! Today, hundreds of chefs from over 37 states gathered on the South Lawn of the White House in support of the “Chefs Move to Schools” program, a part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Campaign to end the epidemic of childhood obesity. I had the pleasure of introducing Mrs. Obama who reinforced what this program is all about in her remarks:

That’s why we created the “Chefs Move to Schools” program, to pair chefs like you with interested schools in your local communities. And together, you’ll be helping students learn where food comes from, and develop healthy habits. You’ll be elevating the role of food in our schools, and working to create healthy meals on a budget…

But each of you has so much to offer when it comes to helping our children make healthy choices. You know more about food than almost anyone — other than the grandmas –and you’ve got the visibility and the enthusiasm to match that knowledge. That’s really what’s key. Just watching you guys in action will — it excites me, let alone my little girls who can’t stay out of the kitchen when Sam is cooking.

You can make a salad bar fun — now, that’s something — and delicious. You can teach kids to cook something that tastes good and is good for them; and share your passion for food in a way that’s truly contagious.

Our kids face a serious health challenges, and a major component of that is what they eat. The more the chef community focuses our hours of service on the issues we know best — and the issues were we are best positioned to help — the greater the chance that our efforts can have a lasting impact.

Small lessons like helping to teach a child how broccoli or cauliflower grows, or how to make a salad, or demonstrate a basic cooking skill that results in a delicious sweet potato can help put young people on the path of making healthy choices for years to come.

As of this morning, 990 Chefs and 488 Schools have signed up to be part of the Chef’s Move to Schools initiative. See all of the participating chefs and schools across the country on this map. And it’s not too late for chefs and schools to sign up – today is just the beginning and so much can grow from this day.

Sam Kass is the White House Assistant Chef and the Food Initiative Coordinator

First Lady Michelle Obama, with chefs Todd Grey from Equinox, left, and Sam Kass, from the White House, gestures during a “Let’s Move!” event with hundreds of chefs from around the country on the South Lawn of the White House, June 4, 2010. The First Lady called on chefs to get involved by adopting a school and working with teachers, parents, school nutritionists and administrators to help educate kids about food and nutrition. June 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

First Lady Michelle Obama greets one of the hundreds of chefs from around the country during a “Let’s Move!” event on the South Lawn of the White House, June 4, 2010. The First Lady called on chefs to get involved by adopting a school and working with teachers, parents, school nutritionists and administrators to help educate kids about food and nutrition. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


School children trim broccoli after harvesting vegetables from the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House. June 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


First Lady Michelle Obama, chefs from around the country, and a group of children harvest vegetables from the White House Kitchen Garden during a “Let’s Move!” event on the South Lawn of the White House. June 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Enjoy “Date Night” in DC

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle leave Komi restaurant in the Dupont Circle neighborhood May 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. The first couple were sent off by a cheering crowd of more than 200 people who had gathered to catch a glimpse of the Obamas.

Komi is a Washington, DC restaurant operated by Chef Johnny Monis. It is located at 1509 17th St. NW, near Dupont Circle, and serves Italian and Greek-influenced dishes. In April 2007, Food and Wine Magazine named Johnny Monis one of the F&W 2007 Best New Chefs.

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Host France’s President Sarkozy and First Lady Carla at the White House

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President Barack Obama meets with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France in the Oval Office, March 30, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France spoke to the media after meeting at the White House.

France’s first couple visited Columbia University and the Alliance Francaise and dropped in on Julliard School of Music students. The first lady is a musician herself; her last album “Comme si de rien n’était” was released in July 2008. Scroll down for a video of her singing the song “Quelqu’un m’a dit.”

Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy also visited Washington’s Kipp DC charter school (Knowledge is Power Program). The kids were over the moon at their visitor and her entourage of bodyguards. They greeted her carrying French flags and sang to her, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” She read them a Madeline book from the series about a girl living in France — read it in English, which the Italian-born French first lady speaks fluently.

The Sarkozy’s gift to the Obama family was some Asterix comic books for the Obama daughters, Sasha and Malia. According to The Examiner, the French president and his wife decided to do what regular people do. They stopped by local DC landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl and got a half smoke for lunch.

In the evening President Obama and First Lady Michelle hosted a private dinner (closed to the press) for President Sarkozy and Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy. (hoping to have a photo soon…)

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First Lady Michelle Obama and First Daughters Malia & Sasha Tour NYC for Spring Break

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First Lady Michelle Obama enters Memphis performed March 21, 2010 at The Shubert Theater 225 West 44th Street, New York, NY.

It’s Spring Break!

First Lady Michelle Obama took daughters Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8, mother Marian Robinson and some friends to New York for a spring break trip where they hit Broadway shows, toured the Empire State Building and visited Harlem and Brooklyn.

To borrow a phrase from Lynn Sweet, here’s the bite they have taken from the Big Apple…

Saturday, March 20, 2010
The First Lady and first daughters took in a performance of the Blue Man Group. All of the organization’s appearances star a trio of performers called Blue Men, who appear to have blue skin and no voice, hair, or ears. On the same day they stopped at Dylan’s Candy Bar.

Sunday, March 21, 2010
Cast of MemphisThe ladies went to Broadway for a performance of musical Memphis, which is about an interracial couple in segregation-era Tennessee. The entourage was whisked into the theater just before the show started and was greeted with a standing ovation from the audience. During intermission the girls went backstage for a quick glimpse of the scene change. Before that, brunch at the Mesa Grill. After the show, they got a private tour of the Empire State Building, devoured cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery in the West Village and ate at the Russian Tea Room.

Monday, March 22, 2010
The group enjoyed a preview of a new musical, “The Addams Family,” which opens next month. The Addams Family is a musical with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. The show is based upon the “Addams Family” characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons for The New Yorker beginning 1938, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre. The show is slated to open on Broadway in April 2010.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The Obama group toured the Studio Theater and the famous Apollo Theater. The Apollo Theater in New York City is one of the most famous music halls in the United States, and the most famous club associated almost exclusively with African-American performers. They also ate at Aquavit, the restaurant owned by Marcus Samuelsson, who cooked the White House’s first state dinner. Dinosaur Bar-B-Q in Harlem was also on their culinary tour.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The group toured Kaufman Astoria studios and stopped by the studio to see Sesame Street in production. Mrs. Obama first visited Sesame Street at Kaufman Astoria Studios in 2009 when she taped a segment to promote Healthy Habits For Life.

Next, they hit Brooklyn, visiting the Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and a well-known pizzeria, Grimaldi’s. Grimaldi’s history of coal-fired brick oven pizza cooking can be traced to the first pizzeria in America back in 1905. The New York Times quoted the waiter who served the entourage: “I think they said it was better than Chicago pizza.

For more photos and video of the trip, please check-out our friends at ObamaFoodorama’s coverage…~First Lady Does a Foodie Tour of New York~

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Childhood Obesity Initiative: PepsiCo’s New Focus on Healthier Foods

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First lady Michelle Obama makes remarks at Fairhill Elementary School in Philadelphia, Friday, Feb. 19, 2010. Mrs. Obama's visit to Philadelphia was part of her efforts to curb childhood obesity. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

AP~PepsiCo, largely known for junk-food brands such as Doritos and Pepsi, is setting out to triple its sales of healthier fare in the next decade.

PepsiCo Inc. unveiled the new goal for brands such as Tropicana, Dole, Quaker and Tazo teas on Monday at an investor event. The company also backed its forecast for long-term earnings growth.

Governments around the world are exerting pressure on food makers to improve nutrition. But Pepsi is also making the case that it’s just as much consumer demand that’s driving the changes.

Consumers are heading toward ‘good-for-you,'” PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi said Monday during the meeting.

PepsiCo expects more shoppers to buy based on nutrition as Baby Boomers age and people in developing countries get wealthier. Currently, about 18 percent of PepsiCo’s revenue comes from the lines it considers healthier, including Tropicana, Dole, Quaker and Tazo teas. Nooyi wants to triple $10 billion in revenue from such brands to $30 billion by 2020.

PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi speaks to reporters during the PepsiCo media day and investor expo, Monday, March 22, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

That may be a huge boost, but the nutrition business is still small compared with the company’s less-healthy food (it’s using the term “fun for you“) such as Lay’s potato chips and soda, worth $50 billion a year.

Nooyi said the two businesses require different approaches. The chips, soft drinks and other brands grow quickly and can have many different versions of brands, such as lime-flavored Tostitos.

But the nutrition business’ brands must not have too many variations so the brand remains the focus, and they must be led by people who have experience in marketing healthier foods.

The potential for the growth of this market is enormous, and for a player who wants to play in this market intelligently, the opportunities are really incredible,” Nooyi said.

Many health leaders have urged food makers to make such changes. First Lady Michelle Obama has made the fight against childhood obesity a top priority. Last week she asked the nation’s largest food makers at a meeting of the Grocery Manufacturers Association to put less fat, salt and sugar in foods.

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President Obama’s White House to Main Street Tour: Savannah, Georgia

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Helping Homeowners Invest in Energy-Efficient Homes

President Barack Obama speaks at Savannah Technical College in Savannah, Ga., March 2, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama speaks at Savannah Technical College in Savannah, Ga., March 2, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Earlier today, after touring Savannah Tech, President Obama announced the initiatives for HOMESTAR, a program that offers incentives for people to make their homes more energy-efficient.

The President explained that the new program will save families several hundred of dollars on utilities, make the economy less dependent on fossil fuels, create work for small businesses and contractors, and bring back construction jobs.

Here’s one of the best things about energy efficiency – it turns out that energy-efficient windows or insulation, those things are products that are almost exclusively manufactured right here in the United States of America. It’s very hard to ship windows from China. So a lot of these materials are made right here in America.

Through the HOMESTAR Program, homeowners who make investments for energy-efficiency in their homes will be eligible to receive:

  • Direct rebates for energy-saving investments
  • 50 percent rebates for the cost of each upgrade up to $1500
  • Rebates up to $3000 for those who choose to retrofit their whole homes
  • Guaranteed quality installations through quality assurance providers who would conduct field audits after work is completed
  • Support for financing through State and local governments

President Obama explained that these short-term investments will lead to long-term savings for homeowners and consumers.

Just like a responsible homeowner will invest in their homes in the near term to fortify their economic security in the long term, we’ve got to do the same as a country. It will have some costs on the front end — you buy a new boiler, or you get some insulation, or you get some new windows, that’s going to have an initial cost, and the same is true from a government perspective. And it’s going to be politically difficult to do some of this, but it’s what’s right to plan for our future.
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President Barack Obama stops to greet workers as he tours the Chatham Steel Company in Savannah, Ga., March 2, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Just before giving a speech in Savannah, GA, President Obama chats with building manufacturers and local contractors about the importance of retrofitting. Around the circle are Mark Andrews of Knauf Insulation, Michael Lawrence of Insulation Systems, Howard Feldman of Coastal Green Building Solutions, Patrick Shay of Green Sweep, and Larry Laseter of MASCO Home Services.
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President Barack Obama sits down for lunch with other customers during a stop at Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room in Savannah, Ga. March 2, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

During his “White House to Main Street” tour today in Savannah Georgia, President Obama made a surprise lunch stop. If there’s one thing better than meeting new folks on the road, it’s meeting new folks out on the road and having them cook you up some of the best food in the country. So it was when the President sat down with some of the regulars at the famous Mrs. Wilkes’ Boarding House restaurant in Savannah, Georgia today. They were polite enough to offer not to ask him any questions so he could relax, an offer he jokingly declined: “How often you gonna have lunch with the President? Might as well ask some questions.”

Please visit our friends at Obama Foodorama for details on the lunch menu and more info about this historic restaurant.

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Star in Your Own Oscars® Viewing Party!


Event Producer Cheryl Cecchetto shows you the “10 Must Haves” to throwing an awarding-winning party; Master Chef Wolfgang Puck cooks and provides you with delicious and easy-to-make-at-home recipes; Executive Pastry Chef Sherry Yard shows you how to bake a yummy dessert; and Moët & Chandon, the exclusive champagne of the Oscars, provides a special cocktail that will wow your guests.

Invite your family and friends; download Oscar® ballots, party play-along games, recipes, cocktails ideas and much more.

Oscar® Night Essentials
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44-D’s Oscar® Ballot
Predict the winners using this downloadable/printable Oscar® ballot.
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Oscar® Bingo
Download Bingo cards and play along as you watch the show! (Nine different cards available)
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Oscar® Crossword Puzzle
Test your Oscar smarts with this Academy Awards-themed crossword puzzle.
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Party Planning Ideas
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Cheryl Cecchetto (founder and president of Sequoia Productions) shares with you the 10 must haves to hosting the Best Oscar-viewing party in town! She’ll take you step-by-step from invites to games, from décor to food. Everything you need to throw an award-winning party for your friends and family.
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Cocktail Recipes

The Moët Golden Glamour

0.25 oz vanilla liqueur
1.5 oz passion fruit juice
4 oz Moet & Chandon Imperial champagne
Mint sprig, for garnish
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The Red Carpet Fizz

1/2 oz Pomegranate Juice
1/3 oz Orange Liquor
Add Fresh Raspberries
Top with Moët & Chandon White Star Champagne

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The Ultimate Accolade

1/2 oz Orange Vodka
1/3 oz Orange Juice
Top with Moët & Chandon White Star Champagne

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The Golden Rush

1/3 oz Orange Vodka
1/3 oz Sugar Syrup
2 Dashes Fresh Lemon Juice
Top with Moët & Chandon White Star Champagne

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Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Serve sparkling apple, pomegranate, or blueberry juice – for a bubbly toast at any party!

Mix cranberry juice with lime soda and add a twist of lime for an elegant beverage.
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Appetizer Recipes

Smoked Salmon Blinis

Oscar’s Master Chef Wolfgang Puck shows how to make blinis with smoked salmon and dill cream. The little flour pancakes known as blini are a traditional platform for serving smoked salmon.
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Prime Mini Burgers with Cheddar Cheese and Remoulade

Toasted Brioche circles for buns, and topped with Remoulade, these sliders are elegant enough to serve at a wedding. Allow three burgers per person and top with tomato, arugula, and cornichon slices.
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Vegetable Spring Rolls with Chinese Mustard

Forget about the greasy, tasteless spring rolls you once tasted from the take out restaurant. These are wonderful, crisp, fresh-tasting morsels that look a lot more complicated to make than they really are.
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Entrée Recipes

Slow Braised Short Ribs

These are meltingly tender and flavorful short ribs. To make them even neater to present and easier to eat, ask the butcher to bone the short ribs for you. Feel free to dredge them with all-purpose flour instead of the matzoh meal.
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Pizza with Smoked Salmon & Caviar

You can top the pizza with Sevruga, Beluga, or Osetra caviar; less expensive salmon roe or just chopped fresh chives. To make the pizza ahead, bake it for just 5 minutes; then, just before serving, complete the baking and top the pizza.
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Dessert Recipe

Molten Lava Chocolate Cake

Sherry Yard demonstrates how to create molten chocolate lava cakes. Close your eyes when you take the first bite of this cake. Roll it across your tongue and let the flavor linger. If you’re a chocolate lover you’ll be transported.
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