The group then sat down to an eight-course custom menu fit for a foodie that included mousse of foie gras in a golden eggshell and “pepper crusted tuna pretending to be a filet mignon,” among other mouth-watering tongue-twisters. The meal was capped with the Inn’s version of the “sunshine” cake that Batali’s wife bakes for him every year. The added flair? Pastry chef Iain Jones added an edible pair of Batali’s signature orange crocs (and yes, he was wearing them Monday) made of marzipan.
Batali is rumored to be the celebrity guest chef for the state dinner in honor of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi next month. Monday night, during their trip to New York, the Obamas dined at the Mexican restaurant Cosme, which Batali recently featured on “The Chew.”