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Celeb Chef To Cater RTCA Dinner

While the Radio/TV Correspondents Dinner is typically a quieter affair than the White House Correspondents Dinner, they’ve stepped up their game this year. The event, which takes place June 5th at the National Building Museum, will be catered by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. The RTCA Dinner has traditionally been held in the Washington Convention Center in past years, so it appears they are making an attempt to evolve and reclaim some of the prestige that the WHCD is known for. Let’s hope not too much.

From the release: “All guests will be encouraged to grab their white handkerchiefs, beads, masks and parasols that will be on every table and join in as they swing through the crowd.” They are expecting some 1500 guests — journalists, newsmakers and lawmakers.

Traditional New Orlean’s jazz pianist, Washington DC native and  longtime New Orleans resident John Royen will entertain. They’ll also crown a King or Queen of the Dinner. They’ll be presented with a cape, crown and Jester Staff and asked to lead the crowd to the after-party at the conclusion of the night. We have no idea what this could mean, but they’ll have two Jesters on hand creating mischief throughout the dinner.

The theme will be “Laissez les bons temps rouler ” – Let the Good Times Roll – New Orleans style.” It will feature dancing, masks, beads, although hopefully, no one will have to take their top off to obtain them.

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Chunky Chefs to Visit White House

flotus+chefs.jpg It’s quite a fete to get the Food Network’s “Iron Chef” to come to your house for a cook off.

It’s another to have that house be the White House, which has been heavily (no pun intended) concentrating on the national problem of obesity, and to invite, well, some fatties over to compete against one another. (Read all about it here on the Obama Foodorama blog.)

But this is the White House. So they can do whatever they want. If anything unseemly happens, surely Secret Service will step in.

On January 3, the Food Network airs the episode in which White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford is paired with celeb chef Bobby Flay to square off against their overweight counterparts: Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse.

Yes, some ingredients will be sought from First Lady Michelle Obama’s famous garden.

Here’s to some good,greasy, fat-filled eating in America. We wonder why that southern chef Paula Deen (who unapologetically whips up fried, high caloric fare) wasn’t invited.

FishbowlDC has sought comment from the White House as well as the Food Network’s Carrie Welch in the public relations office. Stay tuned.