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  • Pasta Salad with a Twist
    Bruce White
    food
    This photograph of chilled pasta salad made by chef Mathew Wendel was taken by Bruce White. Wendel served the dish at President George W. Bush’s Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas. Wendel became acquainted with the Bush family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.
  • Governor George W. Bush with Catering Staff
    Unknown
    residence
    Texas
    This photograph shows Governor George W. Bush with catering staff members at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas. Pictured on the left is Matthew Wendel. Wendel met Governor Bush and his family in 1995, while serving as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch, near Crawford, Texas.
  • Grocery Lists, Chef Matthew Wendel
    Bruce White
    documents
    lists
    food
    This photograph of handwritten grocery lists written by chef Matthew Wendel was taken by Bruce White on February 11, 2020. Wendel was the cooked and entertained for President George W. Bush and his family. For efficiency, Wendel based the lists on the store's layout, and he also divided the items into categories so when they were bagged they could quickly be put away at the Bush’s Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas. Wendel became acquainted with the Bush family in 1995, while working at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas, as a waiter-caterer with the Word of Mouth catering company. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and during visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch.
  • President and Mrs. Bush with Matthew Wendel
    Unknown
    State Floor
    Christmas
    Blue Room Christmas tree
    Blue Room
    winter holidays
    This photograph, taken in 2001, shows President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush posing with Matthew Wendel in front of the official White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room. Wendel became acquainted with the Bush family in 1995, while working as a waiter-caterer at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas. After Bush was elected president in 2000, Wendel prepared comforting meals for the first family during their trips to Camp David and visits home to the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.
  • President Bush Greets Israeli Prime Minister at Prairie Chapel Ranch
    Eric Draper
    residence
    Texas
    Head of State
    pets
    In this photograph, taken on April 11, 2005, President George W. Bush shakes hands with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel to welcome him to the Prairie Chapel Ranch, his home near Crawford, Texas. A Scottish Terrier, likely Barney, looks on. President Bush often entertained world leaders by hosting informal luncheons and dinners at the Prairie Chapel Ranch.