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History Happy Hour: Holidays at The White House - A Season of Stories

Hosted in partnership with the White House Historical Association, Jim Hewes, legendary bartender at The Willard's iconic Round Robin Bar will be joined by former renowned White House Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier for The Willard's holiday edition of History Happy Hour.  Bakers and history buffs alike will appreciate an insider’s perspective of White House holiday traditions as Chef Mesnier leads an intimate conversation regarding his 25-year tenure in the White House pastry kitchen all while learning how to make a few holiday-inspired dessert cocktails.

Tickets:
$49 per person (21 years of age +)
Admission includes (3) cocktails and light appetizers
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In conversation with:

Chef Roland Mesnier,
former Executive Pastry Chef at The White House
Roland Mesnier has been a pastry chef for five presidents over 25 years. One of nine children born to a family in rural, post–World War II France, he began his career as a pastry apprentice at the age of twelve and made his way up, working at the world’s most prestigious hotels. In 1979, First Lady Rosalynn Carter hired him as head pastry chef at the White House. During his twenty-five years there, he created stunning desserts for more than forty queens, kings, princes, princesses, and heads of state, and he was beloved for his famous series of gingerbread houses displayed in the State Dining Room each Christmas holiday. He continues to educate expert and novice bakers about his craft with his books, and he travels around the world teaching pastry techniques and sharing fond memories of life at the White House. Among his many books is The White House in Gingerbread: Memories & Recipes and A Sweet World of White House Desserts published by the White House Historical Association.

About History Happy Hour
Held monthly at the Willard InterContinental, this two-hour event distills American history through cocktails, while also providing attendees a hands-on class on the art of cocktail making. Led by Jim Hewes, a venerable mixologist and legendary bartender at The Willard's iconic Round Robin Bar, and featuring rotating historians, authors and journalists to name a few, History Happy Hour offers a mixology lesson "straight up" with history "served long", a perfect pairing for cocktail aficionados and history buffs.