Somewhere along the line, the team of Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff caught the eye of the Whitehouse.
In May 1983 President Ronald Reagan held an Economic Summit in Williamsburg, VA — and added a unique element to it. President Reagan’s summit also showcased some of the finest American regional food in 5 meals for 1,500 attendees that included the heads of state of 7 countries and their people. The menus were planned by a “kitchen cabinet” — New York Times Food Editor Craig Claiborne, and 7 of America’s finest regional chefs. The final dinner, as you might guess, featured Wolfgang Puck specialties. Barbara was there to help facilitate.
The full article, The economic summit: A ‘Kitchen Cabinet’ of American chefs is on the UPI website.
Barbara has also had the honor of meeting President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalind Carter, President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton, and President Barack Obama, as well as John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. Several of these meetings were at the restaurants she designed; for various reasons it is quite an honor to have your restaurant selected by a President or Presidential hopeful.