Reflecting the immense respect he has for his idol Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama will replicate on his special luncheon menu the food served to the civil war-era US President after his inauguration in 1861.
Soon after being sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, Obama would have his first lunch hosted by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies at the historic Statuary Hall at the US Capitol.
Approximately 200 guests including the new President, Vice President, members of their families, the Supreme Court and Cabinet designees, and members of Congressional leadership will attend the luncheon.
The details of the luncheon have been designed to reflect the theme of the 2009 Inaugural ceremonies, "A New Birth of Freedom," celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln, the Congressional Committee said.
The menu, created by Design Cuisine, a catering firm based in Virginia, draws on historic ties to the Presidency of Lincoln, who led the nation during the civil war.
Growing up in the frontier regions of Kentucky and Indiana, the 16th President favoured simple food including root vegetables and wild game. With time he became fond of stewed and scalloped oysters.
For dessert or a snack, nothing pleased him more than a fresh apple or an apple cake.