First Lady Visits the Studio Museum

By Marcus Samuelsson | September 26, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Michelle Obama

Photo Courtesy of Michelle Obama

On behalf of our entire team at Red Rooster, I would like to thank First Lady Michelle Obama for asking us to be part of the Luncheon on the occasion of the 68th United Nations General Assembly. Even though I personally was unable to attend, it was an honor to have our team welcome the First Lady and her guests to The Studio Museum and share with them the food, the art and the neighborhood that I call home.

As the First Lady mentioned, “This neighborhood is a thread that connects all of us here today, no matter where we’re from or what language we speak,” which made for the perfect backdrop for her guests’, the spouses from other nations, as they discussed the importance of education.

There was entertainment from Dance Theater of Harlem, music provided by youths from the La Guardia School Arts High School and a performance by Tony Award winner Audra McDonald. It couldn’t have been a more perfect afternoon that reminded us all how important our relationships are; both inside and outside of our immediate communities.

With the help of the First Lady, we carefully curated the menu listed below that highlights some of the Red Rooster’s favorites as well as items that everyone could enjoy:

Arugula Salad with Roasted apples, Cornbread croutons, Pecans, Chanterelle mushroom vinaigrette

Shrimp and Dirty Rice with Collard Greens, Curry leaves, Pumpkin sauce

Banana Pudding Parfait with Almond cookie, Huckleberry sauce

Special thanks to Thelma Golden and her great Studio Museum team for a memorable and fantastic event.

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