11 Fun Facts About the White House Kitchen, Including Presidential Eating Habits

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The White House kitchen has evolved through the years depending on Chief and chef. Today, the White House kitchen is able to serve dinner to 140 guests and hors d’oeuvres to 1,000 guests. There are actually three White House kitchens—a main kitchen, a family kitchen in the Executive Residence, and a pastry kitchen. And no potluck suppers ever: For security reasons, outside food is not allowed in the White House. Here’s a peek at America’s First Kitchen through the decades and food preferences of presidents, too. –Laurie Bain Wilson