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President John F. Kennedy at his inaugural ball in 1961.
Wikimedia CommonsPresident John F. Kennedy at his inaugural ball in 1961.

JW Marriott to host Presidents' Day inspired by inaugural ball dishes

Written by
Clayton Guse

The JW Marriott hotel in the Loop has announced a dinner event for Presidents' Day, and it looks to be, well, President-themed.

According to a press release, the hotel's executive chef Michael Reich has been studying past inaugural ball dinners, and he'll be attempting to reproduce a slice of history. The four-course menu includes bay scallops inspired by JFK, a muscovy duck plate inspired by President Obama, a beef filet from one (or both) of the Bushes and a chocolate charlotte russe via Woodrow Wilson's ball. The February 16 dinner will be served at 6:30pm in, naturally, the hotel's Lincoln Suite, and comes at a presidential price of $125 per person. Make reservations by Saturday at 312-660-8200.

It's hard to prove whether any of these Presidents actually munched on these dishes during their first nights in office. Either way, Reich deserves credit for his historical zeal. 

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