Following Donald Trump’s inauguration this Friday, which even a Bruce Springsteen tribute band has declined to perform at, the newly sworn-in President of the United States will get chummy with congressional leaders at a traditional luncheon to be held at the Capitol.
While Trump has previously said he would cease the practice of hosting foreign leaders for state dinners because they cost “a fortune,” he’s forging ahead with a fairly fancy-sounding meal to commemorate his inauguration. (Foregoing the luncheon wouldn’t be unheard of: Famously humble former peanut farmer President Jimmy Carter canceled his back in 1977.)
And while Trump presumably could’ve decided to save taxpayers’ money by serving buckets of KFC, instead he’s opted for a three-course lunch that involves shrimp and lobster, plus a meat-and-potatoes entree and a suspiciously foreign-sounding chocolate soufflé for dessert. All three courses will be accompanied by California wines.
Here’s the menu in its entirety, via NPR reporter Susan Davis:
Maine lobster and Gulf shrimp with saffron sauce and peanut crumble
J. Lohr 2013 Arroyo Vista Chardonnay
Grilled Seven Hills Angus beef with dark chocolate and juniper jus and potato gratin
Delicato Black Stallion 2012 Limited Release Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Chocolate soufflé and cherry vanilla ice cream
Korbel Natural Special Inaugural Cuvée California Champagne
No word on whether or not that meat will be served well-done, as President-elect Trump is rumored to prefer his beef.
As CNN explains, the inaugural luncheon is “a long-standing tradition in which the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies hosts a meal for the president and vice president at the Capitol following the inaugural address.” Hosted at the Capitol’s Statuary Hall, the event will include around 200 guests, including Senate leaders, Cabinet nominees, and Supreme Court justices.
The inaugural lunch in its current form first began in 1953, when President Eisenhower was ushered into office with a retro-sounding lineup of dishes that included baked ham, creamed chicken, and potato puffs.
The menu for President Obama’s inaugural luncheon in 2013 included lobster, grilled bison, and that most American of desserts, apple pie. Previous presidents have served dishes such as turtle soup (Truman), gefilte fish (Eisenhower), crab gumbo (Kennedy), and abalone bisque (Reagan).