The First Supper

A lavish inauguration-weekend menu fit for royalty.


Back when President-elect Barack Obama was still slugging it out for the Democratic nomination, I took to the kitchen to soothe my frazzled nerves. (Cooking relaxes me.) What I came up with was a Hawaiian and African inspired savory supper that I called Barack pie.

On the eve of the most important inauguration of our lifetime, I’ve been fiddling in the kitchen and what I’ve come up with is an easy, but fancy, menu to celebrate the Obama family and this landmark presidency. If you’re looking for an elegant, tasty way to cap off the historic day, perhaps this menu will work for you, too.

Symphony in Black

Inauguration 2009 Celebration Menu

In Honor of Barack and Michelle Obama


Black Grape and Baby Arugula Salad

Black Cod with Miso

Black Bottom Cupcakes

Taittinger Prestige Rose champagne