Food & Food Culture

3:18pm

Tue January 22, 2013
The Salt

Energy Drinks Blamed For Boost In Emergency Room Visits

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 3:37 pm

Should emergency rooms track the number of people who get hurt or sick after drinking coffee? That's what the maker of Monster Energy drinks suggests in response to a recent report that emergency room visits involving caffeine-laced energy drinks doubled from 2007 to 2011.

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12:36pm

Tue January 22, 2013
The Salt

The Inaugural Food Scene In 12 Bites

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 7:32 am

The restaurant Equinox served a Sunday brunch on Jan. 20 featuring courses inspired by President Obama and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s favorite foods, including this salad of citrus cured arctic char with watermelon radish, mache leaves and lobster vinaigrette.
Daniel M.N. Turner Daniel M.N. Turner / NPR

Uptown and downtown in D.C. this weekend, some 600,000 people or so celebrated President Obama's second inauguration. And they were hungry.

Reflecting the president's message of diversity, city chefs and caterers turned out everything from highbrow brunches featuring smoked salmon and eggs Benedict to a luau, complete with leis and a spit-roasted pig. And there were plenty of hot dogs and chicken and waffles to be found between the balls.

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7:21am

Mon January 21, 2013
The Salt

The 'Ace Of Cakes' Next Challenge: The Inaugural Ball Cake

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 6:41 am

Elena Fox from Charm City Cakes works on a layer of the official cake for the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball.
Courtesy of Charm City Cakes

How do you get picked to bake the inaugural cake? Is there a long application process that involves standardized tests, or is it more like the Publishers Clearing House, where someone surprises you at your door with a camera crew?

Duff Goldman says he's still not sure how it happened.

"They called us out of the blue," he says. "I got a text message from my office manager saying, 'Hey, we're making the official inaugural cake.' "

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2:14pm

Sun January 20, 2013
Food

Distilling Presidential History Into 44 Cocktails

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 3:04 pm

Washington, D.C., bartender Jim Hewes distills presidential history into cocktails.
Liz Baker NPR

As Washington, D.C., gears up for the 57th presidential inauguration, political parties are in full swing. We're not talking about run-of-the-mill partisan bickering. We're talking about inaugural celebrations: balls, galas and cocktail parties. Emphasis on the cocktail.

The Round Robin Bar in the Willard Hotel is just a stone's throw from the White House. Bartender Jim Hewes has been serving up drinks there for nearly 30 years.

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1:25pm

Sun January 20, 2013
Inauguration 2013

An Inaugural Memory: President Lincoln's Food Fight

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:27 am

Menu for Lincoln's 2nd inaugural ball, March 6, 1865
Smithsonian Institution

A recently-published menu for Abraham Lincoln's lavish second inaugural ball in 1865 provides an interesting look at how different the nation celebrated its new president just seven score and eight years ago.

Smoked tongue en geleƩ and blancmange (a firm custard) shared room on the buffet table with roast turkey and burnt almond ice cream.

As Yale food historian Paul Freedman told Smithsonian Magazine writer Megan Gambino, the cuisine could best be described as "French via England, with some American ingredients."

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