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  • State Dining Room Set Up for State Dinner Honoring Emperor Hirohito
    Unknown
    place setting
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    State Visit
    State Dinner
    This photograph shows the State Dining Room set for a State Dinner hosted by President Gerald R. Ford and First Lady Betty Ford on October 2, 1975 in honor of Emperor Hirohito and Empress Kōjun of Japan. The Lyndon B. Johnson china service was used at each place setting. White House Executive Chef Henry Haller oversaw the food preparations for the meal, which included veal medallions with wild rice and green beans niçoise, lobster en bellevue, an endive and watercress salad, and raspberry mousse. Following the dinner, guests transitioned to the East Room for entertainment by pianist Van Cliburn. To see images of Haller and the White House domestic staff team readying the dishes to serve, see 1128247, 1128250, 1128252, and 1128253. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.
  • Chef Henry Haller in the State Dining Room
    Bill Fitz-Patrick
    staff
    event
    State Floor
    State Dining Room
    food & drink
    In this photograph, White House Executive Chef Henry Haller stands with butlers Alfred Saenz (left) and Wilson Jerman (center), waiting for guests to enjoy a buffet spread in the State Dining Room. The refreshments, which included fresh fruit and shrimp with cocktail sauce, were likely served during a reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps and their spouses, held on July 1, 1986 during the Ronald Reagan administration. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.
  • President Reagan, Mayor Weizsäcker, and Chancellor Schmidt at Checkpoint
    Mary Anne Fackelman
    Presidential Visit
    Head of State
    Germany
    Cold War
    In this photograph, taken by official White House photographer Mary Anne Fackelman on June 11, 1982, President Ronald Reagan stands with Mayor Richard von Weizsäcker of West Berlin (left) and West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt (right) beside Checkpoint Charlie in West Berlin. During the Cold War (1947-1991), Checkpoint Charile was the most well-known border-crossing point where one could cross the concrete Berlin Wall that ran between communist East Berlin and democratic West Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Its nickname derived from the NATO phonetic alphabet; Checkpoint Charlie was the third checkpoint opened by the Allies, following Alpha and Bravo. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.
  • Food Preparations in the White House Kitchen
    Mary Anne Fackelman
    staff
    Kitchen
    Ground Floor
    food & drink
    This photograph, taken by White House photographer Mary Anne Fackelman on March 3, 1987, shows the White House Kitchen staff hard at work, likely preparing an entree for a dinner hosted by President Reagan in the State Dining Room to honor new members of Congress. From left to right are: White House Executive Chef Henry Haller, pastry chef Roland Mesnier, sous-chef Hans Raffert, an unknown Kitchen staff member, and chef Frank Ruta. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as White House Executive Chef from 1966-1987.
  • President Reagan Enjoys Breakfast with King of Saudi Arabia
    Unknown
    Head of State
    Cabinet
    Second Floor
    President's Dining Room
    White House Guests
    staff
    In this photograph, taken February 12, 1985, President Ronald Reagan has breakfast in the private President's Dining Room on the Second Floor of the White House with King Fahd ibn ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz of Saudi Arabia. United States National Security Advisor Robert C. McFarlane, United States Secretary of State George Pratt Schultz, Saudi Arabian Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud al-Faisal, and Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar Bin Sultan complete the breakfast meeting party. In his diary, President Reagan reflected with satisfaction on the breakfast meeting, as a productive step in Middle East peace plan discussions. In the background, head butler John Johnson can be seen carrying in dishes of food. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987, catering to the tastes of five first families and their distinguished guests.
  • The Reagans Celebrate Anniversary with Queen Elizabeth II
    Unknown
    celebration
    Head of State
    Presidential Visit
    First Lady Visit
    In this photograph, taken March 4, 1983, President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan pose with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on board the HRM Britannia docked in the San Francisco harbor. The long-reigning English queen invited the Reagans aboard her royal yacht to celebrate their 31st wedding anniversary. The night before the Reagans hosted the royals for a State Dinner at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.
  • State Dinner for President Sarney of Brazil
    Bill Fitz-Patrick
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    State Dinner
    State Visit
    Washington Monument
    In this photograph, taken by White House photographer Bill Fitz-Patrick on September 10, 1986, guests dine al fresco in the Rose Garden during a State Dinner hosted by President Ronald Reagan in honor of President José Sarney of Brazil. Sarney was president of Brazil from 1985-1990. After-dinner entertainment was provided on the South Lawn stage by Canadian-American singer Paul Anka. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef of the White House from 1966-1987.
  • Lynda Bird Johnson's Wedding Cake
    Unknown
    wedding
    State Floor
    East Room
    food & drink
    This cake was created for the wedding of Lynda Bird Johnson to Capt. Charles S. Robb on December 9, 1967. They were the 15th couple to be married at the White House. The cake is pictured on display in the East Room. White House Executive Chef Henry Haller oversaw the catering for the wedding reception, which, like the ceremony itself, was held in the East Room of the White House. The cake was designed by pastry chef Clement Maggia of the Greenbriar Hotel, and decorated by pastry chef Eric Crane of the Greenbriar Hotel on the day of the wedding. Johnson was the daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson. 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, serving five first families and their distinguished guests.
  • Lynda Bird Johnson and Charles Robb Wed in the East Room
    Unknown
    wedding
    State Floor
    First Family
    East Room
    military
    In this photograph, taken December 9, 1967, newlyweds Lynda Bird Johnson Robb and Capt. Charles S. Robb take their first steps together as man and wife following their wedding ceremony in the East Room of the White House. The ceremony was officiated by the Right Reverend Gerald Nicholas McAllister. This was the 15th wedding held at the White House. The couple enjoyed their wedding cake in the same room where they were married. During the ceremony, the cake was hidden behind a screen, which was removed when guests returned to the East Room for champagne, cake, and dancing. Fellow White House bride Alice Roosevelt Longworth, who married in 1906, was among the approximately 500 guests who attended the wedding. The bride's parents, President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, can be seen watching proudly on the left side of this photograph. This photograph is part of a personal collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. As executive chef from 1966-1987, Haller oversaw the food preparations for three wedding receptions at the White House for first daughters Luci Baines Johnson, Lynda Bird Johnson, and Tricia Nixon.
  • Lynda Bird Johnson's Wedding Cake
    Unknown
    wedding
    staff
    State Floor
    East Room
    food & drink
    This cake was created for the wedding of first daughter Lynda Bird Johnson and Capt. Charles S. Robb on December 9, 1967. They were the 15th couple known to be married at the White House. The cake is pictured on display in the East Room. White House Executive Chef Henry Haller (far left) oversaw the catering for the wedding reception, which, like the ceremony itself, was held in the East Room of the White House. The cake was designed by pastry chef Clement Maggia of the Greenbriar Hotel, and decorated by pastry chef Eric Crane of the Greenbriar Hotel on the day of the wedding. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef of the White House from 1966-1987.
  • Tricia Nixon's Wedding Cake
    Unknown
    wedding
    State Floor
    Entrance Hall
    food & drink
    This photograph shows the top three layers and the cake topper of the wedding cake created for Tricia Nixon's reception on June 12, 1971. Nixon was the daughter of President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon. The cake was designed by New York pastry chef Maurice Bonté, who also created the wedding cake for then-first daughter Luci Baines Johnson in 1966. Measuring at nearly a foot tall, the cake topper was modeled after the altar in the White House Rose Garden, where Tricia Nixon exchanged vows with her husband-to-be, Edward Cox. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White Hosue from 1966-1987, and also oversaw the food preparations for the White House wedding receptions of first daughter Lynda Bird Johnson.
  • Tricia Nixon's Wedding Party
    Oliver F. Atkins
    Blue Room
    State Floor
    wedding
    First Family
    In this photograph, newlyweds Tricia Nixon and Edward Cox join family members and their wedding party in the Blue Room. Tricia's parents, President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon stand near Tricia, along with their younger daughter, Julie Nixon Eisenhower. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987, overseeing the food preparations for the White House wedding receptions for three first daughters: Luci Baines Johnson, Lynda Bird Johnson, and Nixon.
  • Luci Johnson and Patrick Nugent on their Wedding Day
    Unknown
    wedding
    press
    First Family
    In this photograph, members of the press eagerly record first daughter Luci Baines Johnson and Patrick Nugent on their wedding day, August 6, 1966. The couple was married at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. and enjoyed a reception at the White House. Johnson was the daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson. 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. Chef Haller oversaw the food preparations for Johnson's wedding reception as well as the receptions for first daughters Lynda Bird Johnson and Tricia Nixon.
  • Tricia Nixon's Wedding Cake
    Karl Schumacher
    wedding
    State Floor
    Entrance Hall
    food & drink
    This photograph shows the approximately seven-foot-tall, seven-layer Lady Baltimore wedding cake created for the wedding of first daughter Tricia Nixon to Edward Cox on June 12, 1971. Nixon was the daughter of President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon. The cake was designed by New York pastry chef Maurice Bonté. Instead of traditional bride and groom figures, the wedding cake was topped with a pulled sugar structure modeled after the altar in the Rose Garden, where the couple exchanged vows. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987, and oversaw the food preparations for the White House wedding receptions for three first daughters: Luci Baines Johnson, Lynda Bird Johnson, and Nixon.
  • Maurice Bonté with Tricia Nixon's Wedding Cake
    Unknown
    wedding
    State Floor
    Entrance Hall
    food & drink
    This photograph, taken June 12, 1971, shows New York pastry chef Maurice Bonté (right) in the process of assembling first daughter Tricia Nixon's wedding cake. The bottom layer of the cake measured five feet in diameter and was baked as eight segments in specially designed cake pans; in this photograph, only some of the segments have been pieced together. The pulled-sugar cake topper was modeled after the altar in the Rose Garden, where Nixon wed Edward Cox. Nixon was the daughter of President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987, overseeing the food preparations for the White House Wedding receptions for three first daughters: Luci Baines Johnson, Lynda Bird Johnson, and Nixon.
  • President Nixon Escorts Tricia at her Rose Garden Wedding
    Unknown
    wedding
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    In this photograph, President Richard M. Nixon walks his daughter Tricia down the aisle for her wedding to Edward Cox on June 12, 1971. The outdoor wedding ceremony was held in the Rose Garden of the White House. This was the 16th documented wedding to occur at the White House, and the first to be held in the Rose Garden. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Chef Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987, and oversaw the food preparations for the White House wedding receptions of first daughters Luci Baines Johnson, Lynda Bird Johnson, and Nixon.
  • Lynda Bird Johnson's Wedding Cake
    Unknown
    wedding
    State Floor
    East Room
    food & drink
    This cake was created for the wedding of Lynda Bird Johnson and Capt. Charles S. Robb on December 9, 1967. Johnson was the daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson. White House pastry chef Ferdinand Louvat was originally recruited to design the cake, but was prevented from taking ownership of the project due to illness. The cake was predominately designed by Clement Maggia, a renowned pastry chef from the Greenbriar Hotel in West Virginia. However, Maggia suddenly died of a heart attack three days before the wedding. On the day of the wedding, the 6-foot-tall cake was ultimately assembled by Eric Crane, another pastry chef from the Greenbriar Hotel. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987, and oversaw the food preparations for the White House wedding receptions of Johnson, Luci Baines Johnson, and Tricia Nixon.
  • Chefs with Luci Johnson's Wedding Cake in the East Room
    Unknown
    wedding
    staff
    Ground Floor
    East Room
    food & drink
    In this photograph, taken August 6, 1966, White House Executive Chef Henry Haller, New York pastry chef Maurice Bonté, and White House pastry chef Ferdinant Louvat stand proudly next to Luci Baines Johnson's wedding cake. Johnson was the daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson. Louvat designed the cake, while Bonté decorated the cake with delicate archways and 60 handmade flowers made from granulated sugar. As the seven-layer cake weighed approximately 300 pounds, it was assembled in the East Room on the day of the wedding reception. Layers of cake were wheeled up to the East Room from the White House Kitchen on movable tables, where it was assembled, frosted, and decorated by Haller, Bonté, and Louvat. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987. He oversaw the food preparations for the White House wedding receptions of three first daughters: Johnson, Lynda Bird Johnson, and Tricia Nixon.
  • President Nixon Signs Double "V" at Dinner Honoring Vietnam POWs
    Unknown
    military
    event
    South Lawn
    South Grounds
    This photograph was taken on May 24, 1973 during a dinner hosted by President Richard M. Nixon to honor former Prisoners of War (POW) from the Vietnam War and their wives. The event was held under a large orange-and-yellow tent on the South Lawn. Entertainers included comedian Bob Hope, songwriter Irving Berlin, entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., and actors John Wayne and James Stewart. With 1,300 guests, it was the largest sit-down meal ever held at the White House until March 26, 1979, when a State Dinner celebrating the signing of the historic Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty had 1,340 guests. In this photograph, President Nixon greets the applauding audience with a "double victory" sign, a gesture he frequently used to signify victory in Vietnam. This photograph is part of a personal collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. As executive chef from 1966-1987, Haller oversaw the food preparations for the massive Vietnam POW dinner and the larger Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty State Dinner.
  • Chefs Louvat and Bonté Assemble Luci Johnson's Wedding Cake
    Unknown
    wedding
    staff
    State Floor
    East Room
    food & drink
    In this photograph, taken August 6, 1966, White House Pastry Chef Ferdinand Louvat and New York pastry chef Maurice Bonté assemble first daughter Luci Baines Johnson's wedding cake prior to her reception in the East Room of the White House. Louvat designed the cake, while Bonté decorated the cake with delicate archways and 60 handmade flowers made from granulated sugar. As the total cake weighed 300-pounds, layers of the cake were wheeled to the East Room on movable tables, where the cake was assembled, frosted, and decorated. Johnson, the youngest daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, wed Patrick Nugent on August 6, 1966 at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987. Haller also oversaw the food preparations for the wedding receptions of first daughters Lynda Bird Johnson and Tricia Nixon.
  • Chefs Assemble Luci Johnson's Wedding Cake in the East Room
    Unknown
    wedding
    staff
    State Floor
    East Room
    food & drink
    In this photograph, taken August 6, 1966, White House pastry chef Ferdinand Louvat and New York pastry chef Maurice Bonté assemble first daughter Luci Baines Johnson's wedding cake prior to her reception in the East Room of the White House. Johnson was the daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson. Louvat designed the cake, while Bonté decorated it with delicate archways and 60 handmade flowers made from granulated sugar. As the total cake weighed 300-pounds, layers of the cake were wheeled to the East Room on movable tables, where it was assembled, frosted, and decorated. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987. Haller oversaw the food preparations for three wedding receptions at the White House for Johnson, Lynda Bird Johnson, and Tricia Nixon.
  • Tricia Nixon and Edward Cox's Wedding
    Oliver F. Atkins
    First Family
    Rose Garden
    wedding
    In this photograph, taken June 12, 1971, Tricia Nixon walks down the aisle alongside her new husband Edward Cox following her wedding ceremony held in the White House Rose Garden. The wedding of the eldest daughter of President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon was the 16th documented wedding to take place at the White House and the first to be held in the Rose Garden. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987, and oversaw the food preparations for the White House wedding receptions of three first daughters: Luci Baines Johnson, Lynda Bird Johnson, and Nixon.
  • Chefs Haller, Mesnier, and Raffert with President Reagan's 71st Birthday Cake
    Karl Schumacher
    celebration
    staff
    Second Floor
    In this photograph, taken on February 6, 1982, White House Kitchen staff members stand proudly beside a birthday cake created for President Reagan's 71st birthday. It was the second birthday President Reagan had celebrated at the White House. This photograph was likely taken in the private Family Kitchen on the Second Floor of the White House. Pictured from left: White House Executive Chef Henry Haller, White House Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier, and White House Assistant Executive Chef Hans Raffert. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987.
  • Tricia Nixon and Edward Cox Cut Wedding Cake
    Robert L. Knudsen
    wedding
    State Floor
    First Family
    Entrance Hall
    food & drink
    In this photograph, taken June 12, 1971, newly married Tricia Nixon cuts into her wedding cake with the assistance of her husband, Edward Cox. The Nixon-Cox wedding ceremony was conducted in the Rose Garden of the White House, while the reception was held in the Entrance Hall. The six-layer, roughly seven-foot tall cake was designed by New York pastry chef Maurice Bonté, who in 1966 designed the wedding cake for first daughter Luci Baines Johnson. Nixon was the daughter of President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon. 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, overseeing the food preparations for three wedding receptions.
  • Luci Baines Johnson's Wedding Cake
    Unknown
    wedding
    State Floor
    East Room
    food & drink
    This eight-foot tall cake was created for the wedding of Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, to Patrick Nugent on August 6, 1966. The couple were married at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. and enjoyed their reception in the White House. The cake is pictured on display in the East Room. The cake was designed by White House pastry chef Ferdinand Louvat. This photograph is part of a collection belonging to former White House Executive Chef Henry Haller. Haller served as executive chef at the White House from 1966-1987. He oversaw the food preparations for the White House wedding receptions of Johnson, Lynda Bird Johnson, and Tricia Nixon.