When celebrities gather without Mario Batali, it's seldom about the food. And admittedly, the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner is no exception. Spendy gowns, Governor Christie's girth, Lindsay Lohan's relative screwed-up-edness: These things are all heavily reported on. The type of bruschetta served at the People party? Not so much. Still, we diligently scanned the various party reports fluttering about the Internet for signs of food. Here's what we came up with.
On Wednesday, Minka Kelly ate oysters, blue-crab cakes, and Kentucky Derby pie at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. Then she bought dinner for a fan who was about to ship off to Afghanistan. [People]
At Saturday night's dinner, guests were served a "bread presentation" (read: dinner rolls); black lentil terrine, crab, and tomatoes over "artisan greens"; and Texas-rubbed petite filet with a Calvados sauce, with red curry jumbo shrimp, haricots verts, and risotto. A dessert dubbed "the galaxy" featured "chocolate truffle mousse layered with chocolate genoise and almond macaroon." [People]
Speaking of that mousse, the Washington Post saw fit to report that while Sofia Vergara ate half her portion, New Jersey governor Chris Christie "cleared his plate." [WP]
Wonder what that main course looked like? Politico's Mike Allen posted a photo in Sunday's Playbook. [Politico]
A rep for the Eat Good Food Group brings word that Twilight heartslayer Robert Pattinson dined at Alexandria cafe the Majestic on Saturday night. "Pattinson cordially mingled with the crowd at the Majestic's bar while waiting for his table" and chatted up the staff "late into the night," says the rep. Pattinson's dinner: a medium-rare steak.
Vanity Fair's Juli Weiner reports on the "unifying" effect of lobster rolls at the magazine's White House Correspondents' Dinner party--cohosted by Bloomberg and attended by Reese Witherspoon, Colin Powell, George Clooney, Rashida Jones, Daniel Radcliffe, Paul Rudd, Kate Hudson, Rachel Zoe, Arianna Huffington, Claire Danes, and so on and so forth. Writes Weiner, "Most valuable player: the lobster rolls, whose satisfying, sea-salty presence made the stormy weather seem almost thematically appropriate." [VF]
The Washington Post reports that made-up male waiters passed out "haute comfort food" that included "one-bite club sandwiches, sugared bacon, mac and cheese." [WP]
Shake Shack did desserts at the People/Time party, according to New York mag. Alas, no details on those were offered. [NY Mag]