Michelle Obama Hosts First Kids’ State Lunch (Video)

First lady Michelle Obama hosted more than 50 children from all over the United States last Monday for the first-ever Kids’ State Dinner.

The youths worked with their parents to create “an original lunch recipe,” Ms. Obama stated in a letter announcing the dinner. The luncheon is Ms. Obama’s latest public effort to serve up healthy eating and healthy lifestyles as an example Americans, and especially children, should strive to adopt.

This is the latest in the First Lady’s push to promote healthy living for children. In addition to her gardening work, she has her “Let’s Move!” program, an initiative to combat childhood obesity; she has taken part in numerous activities with kids, including doing jumping jacks with a flash mob; and she has been actively working for healthier school lunches.

The Kids’ State Dinner came out of a contest where children were invited to submit original, healthy recipes. A panel of judges from the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education, and the food-focused website Epicurious selected 54 of their favorite recipes: one for each state, territory, and the District of Columbia.

The winners of the more than 1,100 entries, along with their mothers, were the guests in the East Room of the White House, where the food was served on historic china from the Reagan administration.

After President Obama crashed the party, quipping that he did not want to miss out on all the fun, his wife addressed the lunch crowd.

From Business Week:

“Is this not cool?” asked Mrs. Obama, in a green Barbara Tfank dress and pearls. “This is one of the best events we’ve ever done.”

She pointed out some of the more creative recipes, such as the “Secret Service Super Salad” submitted by 9-year-old Michael Lakind of Texas, who said he wants to be an agent someday.

Ellen Goldsmith-Levitt of Massachusetts attended with her daughter, Rachel, who won for her goat-cheese sandwich. They said they enjoy making pastas and soups together. “She just came out a foodie,” the mother said.

The Kids’ State Dinner is a White House original in many ways — it’s not only the first time the guests of honor are ALL under the age of 13, it’s also the first time the White House kitchen has served a formal meal where the entire menu was created by “chefs” who have no formal training. But Executive Chef Cris Comerford and Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses say they learned a thing or two about healthy cooking from the young winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

The White House plans to make a free printable and downloadable cookbook with the winning recipes.

Is First Lady Michelle Obama not cool?

You can see the preparations for the lunch here:

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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

Susan Griffiths
Susan Griffiths5 years ago

So, did these recepies involve using products from animals who suffered and maybe even we killed in the meat production process. If so, what a missed opportunity!

Barbara DeFratis
Barbara DeFratis5 years ago

I am only leaning toward yes, because I believe realistically as First Lady Michelle Obama can only do so much. After all, it is us parents for better and for worse who have the greater impact. Unfortunately, there are far to many of us parents who are over-weight, not to also have over-weight children.

Louis Olivencia
Lou Olive5 years ago

A drop in the ocean...Still very much more to be done.

Lucie G.
Lucie G5 years ago

Really good idea.

paola ballanti
Paola Ballanti5 years ago

anche per me è solo una manovra politica, del resto può anche occuparsi di alimentazione e benessere...non ha un cavolo da fare tutto il giorno !

Arlene M. Baladi

Mrs. Obama is a very "hands on" First Lady...way to go!

wchi wink
.5 years ago

Great idea!
Michele is a great first lady for tackling nutritional values and obesity in this country!
(i agree with Lin M. re. AB A....perhaps this person would enjoy the FSM group!)
Thanks Judy!

Julie H.
Julie Hoffman5 years ago

I think she is the only first lady to actually do good.

Geela Green
Geela Green5 years ago

What a wonderful idea. Thank you.