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What they'll be noshing on on January 20...

Friday they released the menu details for the Inaugural luncheon, catered by Design Cuisine:

The 2009 Inaugural Luncheon Menu

First Course
Seafood Stew
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
Goldeneye, 2005 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

Third Course
Apple Cinnamon Sponge Cake and Sweet Cream Glacé
Korbel Natural “Special Inaugural Cuvée,” California Champagne

I'm currently working on a piece about the reasons for the above choices (so if you are on Obama's inaugural team, please contact me--I'm having a bit of a hard time getting someone to get back to me, go figure...). While none of the choices is particularly noteworthy or trendy, I imagine the point is to select things with a decidedly historic and American flair--especially considering guests will dine off replicas of Lincoln's china.

This marks the seventh Inauguration that Korbel has been served, starting with that of President Reagan in 1985.