Obama’s Dinner: A lot of Bread

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama

by Jeff Hoyt

Is President Obama reading GAYOT.com? We certainly hope so. We named mk one of our top 10 Chicago Special Occasion Restaurants, and the President has decided to host a special occasion there tonight. The site of his fundraiser is also on our top 10 Chicago American restaurant list, which is important as he is already wooing voters for the 2012 Presidential election. It is also on our top 10 Chicago Romantic restaurant list, so we hope Michelle will be there!

Dinner will be a little pricier than usual tonight: a reported $35,800 a head. For that kind of donation, we’d expect to be named Ambassador to a Caribbean island nation. Here’s what’s on the menu that features only sustainably produced American food and wine:

Hors d’oeurvres:

Griddled Maine lobster sandwiches
Sweet Water Organics farm-raised perch with Fish Bar tartar sauce
Tallgrass beef tartare with parmigiano-reggiano cheese
2009 Qupé Bien Nacido Cuvée, Chardonnay/Viognier blend, Santa Maria Valley


Black pepper & tarragon demi-cured Maine salmon
Asparagus with shaved fennel and preserved lemon emulsion

Seared Maine diver sea scallops
Rosemary braised short ribs with parsnip purée and roasted carrots

2007 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir “La Bauge Au-Dessus,” Santa Maria Valley

Vanilla panna cotta with rhubarb-ginger compote
Vanilla sables

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