The New York Times reported yesterday that Sam Kass, the Obamas personal Chicago chef, has been brought on to the White House cooking staff as an assistant. He’ll be working alongside White House executive chef, Cristeta Comerford who has been there since 2005.

What’s so remarkable about the Obamas bringing in another chef? Kass is known for his interest in healthy and local foods. All week, I’ve been bringing you videos that have been created to urge President Obama to turn part of the White House lawn into an organic garden. Could it be that the addition of Kass to the White House cooking staff is an indication that the new president is leaning in that direction?

Mr. Kass’s appointment should please chefs like Alice Waters, who have lobbied the Obamas to set an example for the rest of the country by emphasizing food that is healthy, local and sustainable. It further suggests that a vegetable garden on the White House grounds, another of Ms. Waters’s dreams, could be on the horizon.
Sam Kass, 28, founded Inevitable Table. The website seems to be under some sort of construction (or perhaps unable to handle all the hits it’s gotten in the past 24 hours) and has only a home page that states, “We know we can improve our health, our families, and our communities by providing clean simple quality food.” The New York Times reported that Inevitable Table sourced its food from “mainly local farms” and bought its wine from “small sustainable wineries.”

With Kass’ emphasis on local foods, it really does seem that a White House garden could be in the works. It doesn’t get more local than your own lawn, even if it is the lawn at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

If you’ve missed this week’s videos that ask for a White House Organic Garden, or what others are calling a modern day Victory Garden, take a look:

The Garden of Eatin: A Short History if America’s Garden


This Lawn is Your Lawn 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

New White House chef emphasizes local foods
Will the addition of the Obama's personal chef, Sam Kass, bring about the addition of a White House organic garden?