HELP ME GET THESE PRESIDENTIAL CULINARY STARS TO
MY BOOK LAUNCH PARTY!
When: Saturday, February 18, 2017, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m, M.S.T.
Where: History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80203
The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our Presidents from the Washingtons to the Obamas will be published by the University of North Carolina Press on President’s Day, 2017! I’m hosting my book launch party in Denver on Saturday, February 18, 2017, tentatively scheduled from 4 pm to 7 pm. All of the people above want to attend my book launch and share their stories with you. All of them, except Chef Mesnier, are featured in my book. They’ve ALL got great stories to tell. That’s why I’m raising money to cover their expenses and get them to what promises to be the coolest book launch party EVER.
My book launch party will be a fantastic community event featuring former presidential chefs, presidential reenactors, presidential food and drink (from real White House recipes) and music (with the occasional campaign song thrown in).
Here’s how you can help:
1. Buy an advance ticket to the VIP Reception at my book launch!
Maybe things are tough right now, and you really can’t spring for the VIP reception. I feel ya! The good news is that from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., my book launch will be FREE and open to the public. There’ll be food and drinks (not as much as at the VIP event), you’ll get to hear about my book, and get your own autograph copy. Any amount that you donate will be greatly appreciated. Yes, $10 or $5 will be cool because it all adds up. I’ll acknowledge you on my website dedicated to The President’s Kitchen Cabinet which will go live in January 2017. I’d also welcome donations of frequent flyer miles or hotel bonus points to help cover the travel expenses for these special guests.
3. Be a sponsor or connect me with sponsors!
I’ve created a number of great sponsorship to meet a variety of budgets. I’d love for you or your company to be a part of this great community event. Click on the link above to get more information.
Questions? Email Adrian at adrian(at)adrianemiller.com
Learn more about the special guests who want to attend:
Chef Roland Mesnier was hired as the White House pastry chef during the Carter Adminstration (1979), and since then, he’s become famous for the intricate desserts he created at the White House. Of particular note is the annual gingerbread White House featured during the Christmas season. Chef Mesnier retired from the White House kitchen in 2006. Want a further taste? Check out this video of Chef Mesnier sharing one of his White House stories.
Senior Master Sgt. Wanda Joell (retired)–Sgt. Joell is the first African American woman to serve on Air Force One, and supervised its food operations. She began her presidential flight service career with President George H.W. Bush presidency and retired during President Barack Obama’s second term. Sgt. Joell was on Air Force One during September 11, 2001. Check out her memories of that day.
Chef Charlie Redden is recognized as the first certified executive chef in the history of the White House Culinary Specialist Program. A retired navy culinary specialist, Chef Charlie was born in Florence, South Carolina. After graduating from high school in 1978, Chef Charlie joined the navy in 1980 as a culinary specialist preparing food for admirals, commodores, and captains. He spent the last 7½ years of his 21-year career working in the White House Mess and doing advance work for presidential trips. He also did a stint as Tom Clancy’s personal chef.