The White House band played gentle cocktail music as the guests arrived. The East Room’s crystal chandeliers glittered over the neat table settings surrounded by the room’s signature gold curtains.
The White House kitchen staff appeared poised to serve diplomats. The menu included a muffin tin egg white frittata and a quinoa sweet potato boat.
But the meal was not for politicians. The featured guests were kids.
“It’s been the best day of my life,” said Hannah Foley of Grove City, Pa. “We got pictures with Michelle Obama, which was totally awesome.”
Hannah and 53 other children _ one from each state, territory and district _ attended a “state dinner” at the White House hosted by first lady Michelle Obama to promote healthy eating. They were winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a national recipe contest that is part of the “Let’s Move!” campaign to battle childhood obesity.