Just last month, some of America’s most famous chefs’ and most persistent pioneers of the local food movement threw a massive fundraising dinner in the hopes that it would put their interests in the eyes of the Obamas.
Were they successful?
For starters, the new White House chef is a major proponent of eating well and we can take comfort in knowing that, slowly but surely, his thoughts on the “sorry state of the National School Lunch Program” will be taken into consideration. Even better, the Agriculture Department has just recently planted its own garden and its fresh produce will be donated in large part to Washington, D.C.’s soup kitchens. The best news of all: both Tom Vilsack and Michelle Obama were present for the garden’s ceremonial first planting.