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Inaugural Luncheon

Inspired by Abraham Lincoln

January 20, 2009

Statuary Hall

Following Swearing-In Ceremony

View of Yosemite Valley by Thomas Hill in 1865

View of Yosemite Valley
by Thomas Hill

View of Yosemite Valley in 1865 by Thomas Hill will hang in Statuary Hall during the Inaugural Luncheon.  The View of Yosemite Valley is on loan from the New York Historical Society and was a gift from Charles T. Harbeck to the New York Historical Society.  Thomas Hill painted the View of Yosemite Valley to commemorate President Abraham Lincoln's signing of the 1864 Yosemite Grant which set aside Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias as a public reserve. 

First Course
Seafood Stew
paired with
Duckhorn Vineyards,
2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Second Course
A Brace of American Birds
(pheasant and duck)
served with Sour Cherry Chutney and
Molasses Sweet Potatoes
paired with
2005 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Third Course
Apple Cinnamon Sponge Cake and
Sweet Cream Glacé
paired with
Korbel Natural "Special Inaugural Cuvée," California Champagne

The seafood stew consists of lobster, shrimp, scallops, and black cod topped with a dome of puff pastry.

Catered place settings for 232 congressional leaders, Cabinet designees, and Supreme Court justices.

National Statuary Hall/The Old Hall of the House - "Statuary Hall is one of the most popular rooms in the Capitol. It is visited by thousands of tourists each day and continues to be used for ceremonial occasions. Special events held in the room include activities honoring foreign dignitaries and presidential luncheons."  - Architect of the Capitol

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