6. Let’s Eat!
The White House kitchen is state-of-the-art. It is well-equipped to serve 140 guests at a time. There are five full-time chefs that cater to the First Family, White House staff, and guests. State dinners are elaborate affairs and to be behind-the-scenes at a state dinner is like watching a theatrical performance. Everything is planned to perfection. There is no detail left out.
President John Adams and his wife Abigail, started a fruit and vegetable garden where they grew and ate all their own fresh produce. President Jackson had a greenhouse constructed which was demolished in 1902 to make room for the West Wing addition to the White House. At one point, there was even tropical fruit grown in the White House garden.
First Lady Michelle Obama planted the largest vegetable garden to-date. She grew discouraged with what her children were eating and their pediatrician recommended more vegetables and fruits. The First Family eats the fresh vegetables and they also donate produce to the local soup kitchens. They also have a beehive and make their own honey. The White House has a number of gardeners and even a professional beekeeper.