To Do: Former Presidential Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier Reads at Olsson’s

The former White House pastry chef's new memoir, All the President's Pastries, recalls 25 years of lavish state dinners and ironfisted first ladies.

Former White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier worked under five presidents–from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush–and though his new memoir, All the Presidents' Pastries, is mostly an ego-stroking celebration of his culinary ingenuity, there are some fun anecdotes in between.

I interviewed Mesnier–who now teaches at L'Academie de Cuisine–a couple years ago and he's a wickedly funny natural storyteller, so it's worth dropping in on his reading tonight at Olsson's in Penn Quarter. You can ask him about President Clinton's myriad food allergies, Amy Carter's after-school cookie-baking, or Barbara Bush's military-like eating rules for everyone in her family. But to really get him going, ask what it was like working for Nancy Reagan. 

Roland Mesnier is at the Olsson's Lansburgh (418 Seventh St., NW) Wednesday, February 28 at 7 PM. Free.  

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.