Ask someone to name a fact or two about presidential dining, and he or she is most likely to regurgitate something about that time the elder Bush became famously ill at a state dinner, or perhaps how Dolly Madison was the first First Lady to serve ice cream. Barry Landau
, however, can regale you with facts about executive-branch eating like no one else can. Author of The President's Table
, a well-received history of the evolution of dining from George Washington through George W. Bush, Landau visits the Central branch of the St. Louis Public Library (1301 Olive Street; 314-241-2288 or www.slpl.org
) at 7 p.m. this evening to discuss the rarified world of diplomatic dinners. His visit coincides with the traveling exhibition The American Presidency
, which features more than 80 artifacts relating to presidential dining and campaigning. Admission is free, and copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Mon., March 10, 2008