In what proved to be a ‘first’ for the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted an official State Dinner for kids on Monday.
According to an article in The Huffington Post, Mrs. Obama welcomed 54 winners of a nationwide recipe contest for young chefs between the ages of 8 and 12. The lucky winners were chosen from over 1200 entries.
The contest, a part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move’ campaign to tackle childhood obesity, was co-sponsored by the hugely popular culinary website, Epicurious, as well as the Department of Education and The Department of Agriculture.
Now, if you ask me, this has to be one of the cooler moves that any administration has dreamed up yet.
Given a recent study’s results that dropped last week, which highlighted the fact that most American parents are more concerned about their children’s lack of exercise and and obesity than any other issue, emphasizing health and nutrition to children seems like a really fine idea.
Plus, let’s face it, kids who can cook and who love to cook are just plain cool.
Cooking offers up a million fabulous ways to be creative and imaginative all while spending time learning something worthwhile. To be able to cook is both a skill and a passion which has life-long benefits for little chefs AND their families.
So, I tip my hat to whoever came up with this idea.
And what a thrill for these kids and their chaperones/parents, to be the guests of honor for an official luncheon (hey, there were ‘bed times’ to consider) in the one and only White House.
And, in case you’re wondering: NO, the President himself wasn’t invited or scheduled to be a part of the celebration.
But, he showed up anyway.
I kind of get goosebumps in the first minute of this video watching the kids and their folks realize who is about to walk into the room.
Well played, Mr. President. Well played, indeed.
Image: The White House
Video: The White House
Info Source: The Huffington Post
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