September 17th, 2010
11:32 AM ET
4 years ago

Mrs. Obama hosts food event for world leaders

Mrs. Obama will host a Farm-to-Table luncheon on Friday for the spouses of visiting world leaders.
Mrs. Obama will host a Farm-to-Table luncheon on Friday for the spouses of visiting world leaders.

Washington (CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama is putting her food where her mouth is, so to speak, at next week's United Nations General Assembly.

Mrs. Obama will host a Farm-to-Table luncheon on Friday for the spouses of visiting world leaders at a local New York farm to highlight one of her signature causes: nutrition. During the luncheon, Mrs. Obama and the other "first spouses" will tour the farm and the education center that is attached to it.

In Pocantico Hills, New York the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a non-profit farm and education center on about 80 acres and farms four seasons of the year. It's initiatives focus on health and sustainability. The facility also has a restaurant called Blue Hill at Stone Barns where the luncheon will be held.

According to the Stone Barns web site, the restaurant shows off the farm: "Blue Hill at Stone Barns has no menus, at least not the traditional kind. Instead, the kitchen creates multi-course "farmer's feasts" around the day's harvest. Guests experience the freshest possible ingredients, virtually yards from where they were grown or raised."

This is not the first time Mrs. Obama has championed her healthy food cause to world leaders. During the 2009 G20 summit in Pittsburgh, she hosted a dinner at local working farm –Rosemont Farm, the home of Teresa Heinz Kerry.


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. William Jefferson

    She is an awesome first lady, and her husband is the first courageous and visionary leader the nation has elected since LBJ, although President Obama is more in a league with Kennedy or by the 2017 with FDR.

    September 17, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. LRD

    This could have a ripple effect n many countries. It is awesome to think that the power of first ladies around the world could get behind child health in a fresh new way that can energize the this critical cause!

    September 17, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Obozo VooDoo Economics 101: Spend your way to prosperity, tax your way out of recession.

    This is not the first time Mrs. Obama has championed her healthy food cause to world leaders. During the 2009 G20 summit in Pittsburgh, she hosted a dinner at local working farm –Rosemont Farm, the home of Teresa Heinz Kerry.
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    I'm rolling on the floor LAUGHING! So was Teresa and John out on their John Deere plowing the fields during this event! "Working farm" my arse! More likely classified agricultural for the tax benefits (avoidance).

    September 17, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. XWngLady

    Good for her......Thank you First Lady!!! This is definitely an issue worth raising.

    September 17, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Dave

    I think healthy eating and physical exercise are great. I am somewhat perplexed at the First Lady's ice cream runs. More significantly, I worry that people won't be able to eat as they prefer due to the national health care program. Let people make their own decisions, but live with the consequences.

    September 17, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Terri

    Obesity among children and adults is becoming a world epidemic. Anything we cna do to reverse this trend I applaud.

    September 17, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    She's oviously going through hell.

    September 17, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Tim in Ohio

    I'm sorry she thinks being our First Lady is like being in hell and she can't stand it. I guess that smile is phony.

    September 17, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "I worry that people won't be able to eat as they prefer due to the national health care program"

    They have treatments and pharmies for paranoid delusions you know.

    September 17, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. textee

    The angry, bitter, virulent, militant Michelle "For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country" Obama, who has called the United States a "mean, mean country", needs to keep herself in her own kitchen and keep herself out of other people's kitchens.

    September 17, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    FLOTUS is beautiful, intelligent and so very gracious and the WORLD KNOWS IT.

    September 17, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. T'SAH from Virginia

    Thank you Mrs. Obama – You have my back!!!

    September 17, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. jim

    The first lady needs to explain to her husband that it doesn't look good while she's promoting healthy eating, for him to be taking world leaders to a burger joint and eating burgers and fries !!!

    September 17, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    The world leaders will see that the obams have respect for people they will listen to people with loveing care hope you have some nice red barries

    September 17, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Cindie Worley

    There is nothing new here. Appreciation of nutrition is not new. We learned about vitamins and nutrition starting in health classes in the 6th grade and intensified in home economics all the way through junior and senior high schools. What happened to this in schools? Replaced by sex education in our enlightened age? Has the "First Lady" ever heard of the poisons of tobacco use on the smoker and the second hand smoke to children? (She might ask Barack about this!)

    September 17, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. vic, Nashville TN

    First lady Please invite Chris Christie

    September 17, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. hangemhi

    Food for thought! Wonder what the teabaggers take is on people eating? If food enables thought it can't be a good thing therefore they must oppose it

    September 17, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. barry

    This isn't news just like her frequent and lavish vacations aren't news. Also if she thinks her job is hell, then get out and take Obowow with her.

    September 17, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Debby

    I wonder if lobster was shipped in since thats all this woman chows down on.

    September 17, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. Dean

    William Jefferson September 17th, 2010 11:48 am ET

    She is an awesome first lady, and her husband is the first courageous and visionary leader the nation has elected since LBJ, although President Obama is more in a league with Kennedy or by the 2017 with FDR.

    LBJ a visionary leader? Maybe a conniving crook. Wondering why we allow people like this to vote.

    September 17, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Thank God I am a Democrat

    Keep it up First Lady!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |