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January 24, 2017
There may have been plenty of protests, but the inauguration of Donald J. Trump went on as scheduled. Following President Trump’s swearing in as the 45th President of the United States, dinner was served, and the menu looked lavish and centered around beef!
According to CNN.com, “President Barack Obama's 2013 luncheon boasted a menu of steamed lobster, grilled bison and apple pie. Trump's, which will be held in the Statuary Hall, will feature three courses.
“The first, Maine lobster and Gulf shrimp with saffron sauce and peanut crumble, will be accompanied by a J. Lohr 2013 Arroyo Vista Chardonnay. The Gulf shrimp may be a tribute to Florida, where Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort is located and which the President-elect has called his ‘second home.’
“This will be followed by grilled Seven Hills Angus beef in dark chocolate and juniper jus with potato gratin, served alongside Delicato Black Stallion 2012 Limited Release Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
“For dessert, guests will feast on chocolate soufflé and cherry vanilla ice cream served with Korbel Natural ‘Special Inaugural Cuvée’ California Champagne.”
Intrigued and hungry after reading the menu, I googled Seven Hills Angus to see if I could learn more about the beef source for the inauguration day menu. Turns out the beef supplier is a rising new star in Virginia with just 16 months in business under its belt.
Bob Heuer for New Food Economy recently wrote a feature on the rapidly-growing Seven Hills Food Company. Owned by Ryan Ford, the business was built in an old abandoned abattoir that was updated and modernized to match the dazzling, high-speed growth of his beef sales.
Heuer writes, “Ford is a native of metropolitan Washington, D.C. who began an organic butcher business 10 years ago in central Virginia. He would hear more and more requests for local meats from the restaurants, institutions, and supermarkets he serviced.
The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Penton Agriculture.
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