Bison on menu at Presidential Inauguration
Bison will again take center-plate at a major Washington, D.C., function on Jan. 20 as President Barack Obama and 225 guests at the Presidential Inauguration enjoy a luncheon featuring Hickory Smoked Bison Tenderloin as the main course.
"Presidential Inaugurations are a special American institution, so what could be more appropriate than the original American meat on the luncheon menu," said Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association.
Smoked Bison Tenderloin with a Wild Huckleberry Reduction is the entree in the Inaugural menu that also includes Steamed Lobster with New England Clam Chowder, Butternut Squash Puree, and Hudson Valley Apple Pie.
New York Times writer Marian Burros noted that the Inaugural Luncheon menu this year pays homage to foods that are "artisanal, sustainable and, where possible, local." The luncheon, which is held in the U.S. Capitol, includes 225 guests including the leaders of both political parties.
"There may be disagreement on a lot of issues in Washington, D.C., but we know that everyone will enjoy the great tasting bison at the Inaugural Luncheon. And, the First Lady has to be pleased to know that her luncheon guests are enjoying a great tasting American meat that is low in fat and high in protein and iron."
Carter noted that the Inaugural Luncheon will not be the first time that bison has been on the menu of a White House event. Bison was the featured entree at the State Dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron in March, and at a NATO Summit session in Chicago hosted by Michelle Obama last spring. George W. Bush also served bison at a State Dinner during his Presidency.
The recipe for the Smoked Bison Tenderloin with a Wild Huckleberry Reduction is available on the National Bison Association website at www.bisoncentral.com.
"Our website also has recipes for easy, everyday meals featuring deliciously healthy bison" Career said.
Bison have been attracting considerable attention in the nation's capital during the past year. The National Bison Association, along with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Intertribal Buffalo Council, launched an initiative in early 2012 to designate bison as the official national mammal of the United States. That designation is embodied in The Bison Legacy Act, introduced last year by in the Senate by Mike Enzi, R-WY, and Tim Jonson, D-SD, and in the House by William Lacy Clay, D-MO, and Jeff Fortenberry, R-NE. Learn more at www.votebison.org.