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  • Aerial View of New York Harbor During "Operation Sail"
    Henry Haller
    New York
    This photograph, taken by White House Executive Chef Henry Haller on July 4, 1986, provides an aerial view from the window of a Marine Corps helicopter flying over New York Harbor. A parade of international warships and tall-mast ships float in the harbor for "Operation Sail." That day, President Ronald Reagan traveled to Governors Island, New York, to celebrate the centennial of the Statue of Liberty with French President François Mitterrand, and admire the parade of ships and a fireworks display. For the event, President Reagan, First Lady Nancy Reagan, President Mitterrand, his wife, Danielle Mitterrand, and 28 additional guests also enjoyed a luncheon prepared by the White House Kitchen staff. The culinary team, including Haller, White House Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier, and Chef Frank Ruta, prepared the food in the White House Kitchen and transported it to New York by Marine Corps helicopter. Haller traveled with the food. Despite the bumps and turns of the helicopter, the food remained intact. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.
  • Desserts for Statue of Liberty Centennial
    Henry Haller
    food
    This photograph, taken by White House Executive Chef Henry Haller, captures the chocolate models of the Statue Of Liberty created by White House Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier. Chef Mesnier made the chocolate reproductions for a luncheon on July 4, 1986 for President Ronald Reagan and French President François Mitterrand in New York City. Chef Henry Haller, Chef Mesnier, and Chef Frank Ruta prepared food for the luncheon in the White House Kitchen. Haller later traveled with the prepared dishes to New York in a Marine Corps helicopter. During the journey, the food was stored in coolers and remained intact despite the jostling of the helicopter. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.
  • Program for State Dinner Honoring the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty
    White House Calligraphy Office
    program
    State Visit
    State Dinner
    This is the first page of an event program for the State Dinner hosted by President Jimmy Carter in honor of President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel to celebrate the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty. The event was held on March 26, 1979. While the historic peace treaty was signed earlier that day on the North Lawn of the White House, the massive dinner party was held in the evening on the South Lawn. With 1,340 guests, at the time it was the largest formal sit-down meal ever hosted at the White House. To match the collaborative spirit of the event, entertainment at the dinner featured musicians from Egypt, Israel, and the United States. To view the complete program, see 1127289. This program is part of a personal collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. As executive chef from 1966-1987, Haller oversaw the menus for over 250 State Dinners at the White House.
  • Betty Ford Speaks with Chef Haller Ahead of State Dinner
    Karl Schumacher
    staff
    State Visit
    State Dinner
    Rose Garden
    In this photograph, taken on July 7, 1976, First Lady Betty Ford speaks to White House Executive Chef Henry Haller prior to a State Dinner held inside a tent in the Rose Garden in honor of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The State Dinner was part of the second formal State Visit of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to the United States. The royal party had previously visited in October 1957, during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Henry Haller served as the White House Executive Chef from 1966-1987.
  • Chefs with Tricia Nixon's Wedding Cake
    Robert L. Knudsen
    Entrance Hall
    staff
    State Floor
    wedding
    food
    In this photograph, taken on June 12, 1971, White House kitchen staff and New York pastry chef Maurice Bonté stand beside Tricia Nixon's wedding cake in the Entrance Hall. The cake was designed by Bonté, who also created the wedding cake for Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, in 1966. Pictured in this photograph are Executive Chef Henry Haller and his colleagues from left: Maurice Bonté, an unidentified kitchen staff member, Eserline Dewberry, Pastry Chef Heinz Bender, Haller, Franklin Blair, and Assistant Pastry Chef Hans Raffert. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Henry Haller served as the White House Executive Chef from 1966-1987, during the presidencies of Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan.
  • Menu for Pat Nixon's Dinner for Jacqueline Kennedy
    Unknown
    menu
    This type-written menu was discovered taped to the reverse of a clipping from the "Evening Star" from February 5, 1971, which described a meeting in the White House between former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and First Lady Pat Nixon. The menu provides an outline for what the Nixons and Kennedys dined on in the White House on February 3, 1971. Menu items included a seafood appetizer, beef with artichokes and mushrooms, and souffle for dessert. The Nixons privately invited Mrs. Kennedy and her children to see the completed official White House portraits of the late President John F. Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy by painter Aaron Shikler. It was the only time that Mrs. Kennedy returned to the White House after leaving in December 1963. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Henry Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.
  • Butter the Turkey at 2019 Pardoning Ceremony
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    Turkey Pardon
    Thanksgiving
    South Grounds
    Rose Garden
    This photograph of Butter, one of a pair of presidential turkeys, and a handler was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on November 26, 2019. President Donald Trump officially "pardoned" Butter during the day's ceremony. Following the ceremony, the pair of turkeys, named Bread and Butter, were transferred to 'Gobblers Rest' reserve in Blacksburg, Virginia to be cared for by veterinarians and students of Virginia Tech's Animal and Poultry Sciences Department. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the Ronald Reagan administration.
  • Butter the Turkey at 2019 Pardoning Ceremony
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    Turkey Pardon
    Thanksgiving
    South Grounds
    Rose Garden
    This photograph of Butter, one of a pair of presidential turkeys, and a handler was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on November 26, 2019. President Donald Trump officially "pardoned" Butter during the day's ceremony. Following the ceremony, the pair of turkeys, named Bread and Butter, were transferred to 'Gobblers Rest' reserve in Blacksburg, Virginia to be cared for by veterinarians and students of Virginia Tech's Animal and Poultry Sciences Department. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the Ronald Reagan administration.
  • Butter the Turkey at 2019 Pardoning Ceremony
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    Turkey Pardon
    Thanksgiving
    South Grounds
    Rose Garden
    This photograph of Butter, one of a pair of presidential turkeys, and a handler was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on November 26, 2019. President Donald Trump officially "pardoned" Butter during the day's ceremony. Following the ceremony, the pair of turkeys, named Bread and Butter, were transferred to 'Gobblers Rest' reserve in Blacksburg, Virginia to be cared for by veterinarians and students of Virginia Tech's Animal and Poultry Sciences Department. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the Ronald Reagan administration.
  • Butter the Turkey at 2019 Pardoning Ceremony
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    Turkey Pardon
    Thanksgiving
    South Grounds
    Rose Garden
    This photograph of Butter, one of a pair of presidential turkeys to be pardoned, was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on November 26, 2019. President Donald Trump officially "pardoned" Butter that day during a ceremony. Following the ceremony, the pair, named Bread and Butter, were transferred to 'Gobblers Rest' reserve in Blacksburg, Virginia to be cared for by veterinarians and students of Virginia Tech's Animal and Poultry Sciences Department. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the Ronald Reagan administration.
  • Butter the Turkey at 2019 Pardoning Ceremony
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    Turkey Pardon
    Thanksgiving
    South Grounds
    Rose Garden
    This photograph of Butter, one of a pair of presidential turkeys to be pardoned, was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on November 26, 2019. President Donald Trump officially "pardoned" Butter that day during a ceremony. Following the ceremony, the pair, named Bread and Butter, were transferred to 'Gobblers Rest' reserve in Blacksburg, Virginia to be cared for by veterinarians and students of Virginia Tech's Animal and Poultry Sciences Department. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the Ronald Reagan administration.
  • Butter the Turkey at 2019 Pardoning Ceremony
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    Turkey Pardon
    Thanksgiving
    South Grounds
    Rose Garden
    This photograph of Butter, one of a pair of presidential turkeys to be pardoned, and representatives from the National Turkey Federation was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on November 26, 2019. President Donald Trump officially "pardoned" Butter that day during a ceremony. Following the ceremony, the pair, named Bread and Butter, were transferred to 'Gobblers Rest' reserve in Blacksburg, Virginia to be cared for by veterinarians and students of Virginia Tech's Animal and Poultry Sciences Department. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the Ronald Reagan administration.
  • President and Mrs. Trump Depart 2019 Turkey Pardon
    Matthew D'Agostino
    holidays
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    This photograph of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump returning to the White House following a turkey pardoning ceremony was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on November 26, 2019. President Trump pardoned Butter that year, one of a pair of presidential turkeys. Following the ceremony, the pair of turkeys, named Bread and Butter, were transferred to 'Gobblers Rest' reserve in Blacksburg, Virginia to be cared for by veterinarians and students of Virginia Tech's Animal and Poultry Sciences Department. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the Ronald Reagan administration.