Post by April Fulton, The Salt, NPR Food (1/19/13)
Like everyone else in Washington, D.C., right now, we're gearing up for the long inaugural weekend, bracing ourselves for various events and balls around town that can be thrilling, patriotic, touristy and traffic-jamming, all at the same time.
And while we take issue with the gross mischaracterization of these parties as "the Oscars for the style-challenged," we must admit, the predictable buffets that have characterized the official balls in the past don't really help D.C.'s rep with the glitterati.
Naturally, the president will eat well — maybe 3,000 calories too well, and that's just lunch. (Call it a presidential tradition: Apparently, Abraham Lincoln enjoyed five courses of meat after his second inaugural.) But for most of us little people, it's often been long lines for cold food, just for a chance to see POTUS and FLOTUS take an awkward spin onstage for a few minutes.
But if you go the unofficial ball route, there's bound to be interesting food aplenty. Here are a few exceptions we bet will beat the rubber chicken brigade: