Friday, November 22, 2013

Remembering JFK

"Don't let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot." - the 1960 Tony-award winning production of Camelot

Solemn fanfare swept through downtown Dallas today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Although it's impossible to put a sweet spin on this particular occasion, there are other things about the beautifully charismatic Kennedy family of mid-century east coast privelege that make for an intriguing story – and in my foodcentric brain, what they ate is just as significant as what Jackie wore. Yep, I'm a weird one.

Over the past few days, Hotel St. Germain in Dallas has been hosting Camelot Week, serving dishes including Petite Boeuf Wellington, Hyannis Port Crabcakes, Mona Lisa Lemon Gelato, Bouvier/Kennedy Wedding Cake, and several other Kennedy-inspired dishes. Jacqueline's Creme Brûlée is a favorite in First Lady cookbook circles and now something I'm planning on whipping up soon.

While the nation grieved again and had a "remember-when" day today for this sad day in American history, for those of us who weren't around, there's something magical about those dusty color photographs from magazine features and videos that truly connects us to a different time and place. Although I wasn't alive during the Camelot years, the Kennedy's are my version of American royalty, and for that, I salute you Mr. President.

1 comment:

Jax said...

Love this! I watched way too many specials on TV last week about him. Quite fascinating!