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Chef Joe's Catering provides food for First Lady's event

August 08, 2012
FRANCONIA — Although based in the North Country, Chef Joe's Catering had a unique opportunity in Southern New Hampshire on Thursday. The company provided food for 130 people, including First Lady Michelle Obama.

With only two hours of sleep the night before, co-owner Joe Peterson was nonetheless very happy with the outcome of the event. "The function itself was a blast," he said. Chef Joe's wife Nancy is the other co-owner.

Stonyfield Farm hosted the brunch event that Peterson's crew catered. The First Lady had scheduled events in Laconia and Manchester later in the day.

Chutters provided fudge and other treats. This made the event truly a New Hampshire experience. Peterson said that nearly all of the food was from the Granite State.

The menu included "really fun stuff," according to Peterson. There was wild boar with pappardelle as an hors d'oeuvres, as well as salmon and chicken dishes.

Peterson thanked Chutters owner Jim Alden for the goodies from Littleton's Main Street. Peterson noted that Alden "personally picked out his favorite fudge." In total, Chutters provided 10 pounds of goodies.

Even with the sweets, Peterson said that the fare was rather healthy. This was in line with the First Lady's interest in eating that promotes wellness. "She's very interested in healthy food," Peterson noted. This led to choices such as grilled vegetable salad to go along with the entrees.

Peterson extended thanks to other local individuals who assisted or provided food. Maria Black in Whitefield served as the site manager, according to Peterson. Mac's Market in Franconia provided additional food for the event. Such a large operation as the First Lady's brunch required "a lot of great help," Peterson said.

Of course, Secret Service agents protect the First Lady. This required Peterson's staff to pay attention to security protocols, including background checks. Peterson said that he arrived at 7 a.m. for the event. The First Lady did not arrive until about 1 p.m.

Regarding the security, Peterson said, "I was scared going into it." As the day unfolded, though, the process went really well. He said that the Secret Service was very nice and professional. Peterson and the catering staff were able to do their job as the Secret Service did theirs.

Peterson had to go down the day before as part of the preparation for the day. This was the reason why he got so little sleep. This did not faze Peterson. "I was running off of pure coffee. No one would sleep before a party like that anyway."

"There were a lot of political people there," Peterson noted. The brunch event provided an opportunity for the First Lady to have discussions with members of the Democratic Party.

Peterson said that the day provided excellent memories. "It was a great learning experience," he concluded.

Chef Joe's offers a range of possibilities for catering services. This includes wedding banquets, birthdays, corporate functions, and other events. The business can serve parties of whatever size. For additional information, go to www.chefjoescatering.com

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