Behind the Scenes of Barefoot in Washington

Ina Garten is in Washington, D.C. with a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to have tea with First Lady Michelle Obama, but she's also visiting some local restaurants and catching up with old friends. 

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Garten at the Garden

Ina's been invited to the White House to celebrate the dedication of the White House Kitchen Garden. Planting began in 2009, and produce from the garden is used for the Obamas' private meals and for state dinners and is also shared with those in need. 

Farm to Taco

A former staffer of Ina's specialty food store, Barefoot Contessa, Bettina Stern now co-owns Chaia in Georgetown, which serves vegetarian tacos, like cumin-roasted cauliflower and garlic-and-olive oil-braised mushroom, on housemade corn tortillas.    

Birthday Luncheon

Ina and her friend Elsa Walsh are making a birthday lunch for a mutual friend. They're whipping up a Maple-Roasted Carrot Salad and a Perfect Roast Chicken and for dessert they're serving a yellow cake with fresh strawberries. 

Cocktail Laboratory

Chef José Andrés is the mind behind barmini, which tests cocktail recipes for his entire restaurant empire. Ina's getting a taste of the Highlander, a blend of Scotch, mezcal and simple syrup, finished off with an ice sphere, a rosemary sprig and a cloud of dry ice. 

Cristeta and the Contessa

Cristeta Comerford has been cooking at the White House since 1997 and became executive chef in 2005. In addition to the Obama's family meals, the White House Kitchen also turns out multi-course meals for 400-person state dinners. Ina is joining Chef Comerford in the kitchen to make some finger snacks for her tea with Mrs. Obama. 

Garden-Fresh Tea Snacks

Using ingredients from the newly dedicated White House Kitchen Garden, Ina and Chef Comeford rolled up some Salad Wraps with Greek Yogurt Feta Cheese Dip and baked a Vegetable Tart with yellow squash, zucchini and butternut squash. 

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