4/15/2016 – Presidential Food Trivia (w/ Jeremy Horwitz)


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

This week is Guest Week here at FCT, and I’m inviting friends and supporters of the site to craft some of their own questions! For this Friday, we end with questions by Jeremy Horwitz, a cryptographer from San Francisco, who also recently smithed the 80s Music MiniLeague, and referred me to LL in January 2015. Everything after this point was written by him. Enjoy!

1. After its 1966 introduction, LBJ* had a button installed in the Oval Office for what diet citrus-flavored Coca-Cola product?

Question 1

2. To help him give up smoking during his 1966 California gubernatorial run, Ronald Reagan took up eating candy from the Herman Goelitz Candy Company, eventually receiving monthly shipments during his eight years in office. In 1976, Goelitz introduced what new brand, which soon became the only brand Reagan received (and continued to receive through his eight years as Commander in Chief)?

3. “I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more …”. To what “it” was Bush 41 referring, in response to questions about his Air Force One ban on the food? (All this from the leader responsible for the coining of bushuru.)

Question 3: The United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Assoc. President George Dunlop presenting the First Lady with some of it (part of a 10-ton gift)

4. The first time a reigning British monarch set foot the US of A, what president had the royal couple over for a dinner featuring hot dogs and beer?

Not this.

5. Most of President Nixon’s breakfasts and most of President Ford’s lunches featured the combination of what dairy product and what condiment (TWO-PART ANSWER)? (Nixon sometimes substituted black pepper for the condiment in the answer.)

Question 5

BONUS: Less than a year after leaving office, what longest-serving French president, had a “last meal” featuring mass quantities of oysters, foie gras, capon, and ortolan? (Ortolan is prepared by drowning the bird in Armagnac and then cooking it, after which it is eaten whole—bones and all. Oh, and apparently serving ortolan is illegal.) Last minute note:Last minute note: this might sound familiar (and I can’t believe I left out the napkin bit—that’s the wackiest part!)

BONUS BONUS: What US president loved lasagna and hated Mondays?

*Lucky B. Johnson

Thanks again to Jeremy for crafting today’s questions! Well, that’ll do it for Guest Week, and once again, I want to thank all five of our guest writers that are now all officially friends-of-the-show. And on Monday, we got back to our regularly scheduled program with yours truly writing the question. But damn, this Guest Week was awesome, and I hope to do it again soon!


1. Fresca [Editor’s note: it pays a lot to know this, as seen here]
2. Jelly Belly
3. Broccoli
4. FDR
5. Cottage cheese and ketchup
BONUS: François Mitterrand

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