Originally posted on CBS DC:
WASHINGTON — Some of Washington’s top chefs came together to salute the president ahead of the inauguration, in part because of the first family’s influence on the culture around food.
Chicago-based Chef Art Smith opened his Capitol Hill restaurant Art and Soul for a late-night Chefs Ball expected to attract food fans of all stripes Saturday night with its relatively low ticket price of $75. Seven celebrity chefs teamed up for the charity event to prepare delicious bites for a sold-out crowd of more than 500.
From the White House garden to Michelle Obama’s focus on healthy eating, Smith said the Obamas, more than any other first family, have embraced fresh American food and care about where food comes from.
“Can that little garden at the White House feed America? No. But you know what it can do? It can inspire America,” Smith said. “Most importantly, it’s that we as…
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