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Inaugural Committees Settle on Musicians, Poets ... and Sour Cream Ice Cream

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Even the lunch’s menu, imagined by the JCCIC and Arlington, Va.-based catering company Design Cuisine, is in keeping with the theme. According to the committee’s Wednesday release, the food was chosen to highlight “American agricultural products that have long been popular in our cuisine” and “is a celebration of American farms and agriculture, with a nod to their bright future and continued place in our culture.”

Dishes will include a steamed lobster with New England chowder; hickory-grilled bison with wild huckleberry reduction and red potato horseradish cake. The meal will be rounded out by apple pie, sour cream ice cream, aged cheese and honey.

Other portions of the luncheon reflect Schumer’s home state, such as a dry riesling wine from New York and a performance by the string quartet from the University of Rochester’s renowned Eastman School of Music. The privilege of incorporating state imports into the luncheon’s programming is a tradition for senators who are tapped to chair the congressional committee.

As for gifts to the president and vice president — another inaugural luncheon tradition — the JCCIC will present “tall, tapering, hand-cut and etched crystal vases created  . . .  exclusively for the 2013 inaugural luncheon” by the vice president for design of the tableware company Lenox and hand-cut by a master glass-cutter.

Obama’s vase will feature the design of the White House “with extensive foliage.” For Biden, a former senator, his vase will be etched with the image of the Capitol and iconic cherry trees. Each vase will sit atop a crystal base engraved with each man’s name and the date: “January 21, 2013.”

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