Taking a Taste of Power

At the Inauguration, capital caterers plan star-spangled menus


Sensitive to accusations of unseemly opulence in menus for the 1981 Inauguration parties, committee heads, party bigwigs and savvy hostesses this time took vows of simplicity. "The word was out from the Inaugural committee that this is a people's Inauguration," said Dane Towell of Glorious Food, a catering firm based in New York City and Washington. "We were told to avoid too many obvious luxuries."

Simplicity, however, is in the eye of the beholder. As interpreted on Inaugural menus, it meant everything from chili to caviar, with plenty of pot pie, seafood mousse and exotic wild mushrooms in between. The...

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