UPDATED WITH PHOTOS.
It was a heady day for the crew of the Bachelor Farmer restaurant on Friday, as they prepared lunch for President Obama for a fundraiser. The meal was directed by chef Paul Berglund.
"It was a thrill and a tremendous honor to host the President in our restaurant. And we're incredibly proud of our entire team for the terrific job they did today," Eric Dayton and Andrew Dayton noted in a prepared statement. The lovely menu presentation was created by MCAD DesignWorks, the in-house design studio at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Each of the staff was wearing a tie created for the event in a partnership between Askov Finlayson (sister store to the Bachelor Farmer) and Minnesota-based Pierrepont Hicks. The tie was also presented to President Obama as a gift. A handful of extra ties from the limited edition run will be for sale tomorrow (Saturday) at Askov Finlayson, 200 North First Street, Minneapolis (612-206-3925).
The chalkboard at the restaurant offered greetings.
President Obama offered good words about Gov. Mark Dayton, below, and Mayor R.T. Rybak, according to Robert Stephens, a guest at the luncheon.
Here's what the crowd of 100 had to eat:
A cocktail of juices: Sanbitter (a nonalcoholic, bitter orange Italian soda, similar to Campari), pressed OJ, white verju (slightly sour grape juice), seltzer, lemon
House-smoked pork breast, spiced pork rillettes (think pork spread), Dijon mustard, chives from the restaurant's rooftop garden
English pea and creme fraiche pureed soup, radish, Parmesan, mint
Salad of early summer vegetables and flowers, goat's milk cheese, pistachios, cider vinaigrette
Choice of Copper River sockeye salmon, sauce Choron, new potatoes, grilled asparagus, tarragon, or
roasted chicken, arugula-bread salad, chicken confit, pickled shallots (The restaurant can't comment on which entree the president chose.)
Assorted cookies for dessert.
Dayna Burtness of Laughing Loon farm in Northfield, who supplies the Bachelor Farmer, was thrilled that her spring mix of lettuces and spinach was used at the meal. She tweeted "And guess who grew his salad and has two thumbs? This girl!"
Indeed, she did. "Tell the president to stop by for an espresso," Janna said as she handed over the drinks.