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Eye Candy: White House Chef Cristeta Comerford's Summer Garden at Expo Milano

Hilary Deutsch

Hilary Deutsch

August 24, 2015


On any given day at Expo Milano, the first-ever food-focused world's fair that's been open in Milan since May, visitors can experience a veritable buffet of international cuisine, state-of-the-art technology and design, and delectable food-themed programming. Modeled after our own James Beard House in New York City, the USA Pavilion–affiliated James Beard American Restaurant pop-up at Expo Milano features different award-winning guest chefs every week.

Last week, diners were treated like American royalty when the James Beard American Restaurant welcomed the White House's very own chef, Cristeta Comerford. It's no surprise that Comerford's seasonally-focused tasting menu was a runaway success—after all, the Obama family is known for their impeccable taste in food (recent New York City excursions include the exciting newcomer Estela and the Italian-American mecca, Carbone). To give you a taste of her work at JBAR, here's a peek at Comerford's "summer garden" dish. The gorgeous salad of micro-veggies, baby radishes, black lentils, pumpernickel, and Parmigiano-Reggiano was inspired by the first family's summer vegetable garden and stood out as an eye-catching (and delicious!) representation of modern American cuisine.

The USA Pavilion, themed "American Food 2.0," and Expo Milano will remain open through October.

See all upcoming USA Pavilion programming here. View our complete archive of Expo Milano coverage.

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