In case you're wondering, here's what they had, with wine pairings:
Seafood Stew in puff pastrySecond Course
Duckhorn Vineyards, 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
A Brace of American Birds (pheasant and duck), served with Sour Cherry Chutney Molasses Sweet PotatoesThird Course (some people call this Dessert)
Goldeneye, 2005 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley
Apple Cinnamon Sponge Cake and Sweet Cream Glacé
Korbel Natural “Special Inaugural Cuvée,” California Champagne
Well, then. That sounds like a lot of food and beverage for a midday meal. Was it followed by an inaugural nap?
And I have a few other questions:
Since when is asparagus a winter vegetable? According to the recipes Di Fi has thoughtfully made available, the vegetables included carrots, Brussel sprouts, wax beans, and asparagus. Asparagus in January? That's just unpatriotic. No way that was grown in the U.S. At least Di Fi used her clout to insist all wines be from California.
What is a brace of birds? I looked it up. Merriam-Webster's 11th lists a panoply of definitions, many of which are clearly not what is meant here. But there is 6: a position of rigid attention. Could be. Maybe they had those birds sort of propped up. Or 7: something that arouses energy or strengthens morale. Yes—that's got to be it.