Chefs hail 1st foodies with inauguration salute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The celebrating is under way in Washington ahead of President Barack Obama's inauguration Monday, and since good food is a big part of any party, some of Washington's top chefs came together to whip up some tasty dishes.

Chicago-based Chef Art Smith opened his Capitol Hill restaurant Art and Soul for a late-night Chefs Ball on Saturday night, to a sold-out crowd of about 500. Seven celebrity chefs teamed up for the charity event.

Smith was Oprah Winfrey's personal chef for years and also competed on TV's "Top Chef Masters." He says the Obamas, more than any other first family, care about where food comes from and healthy eating for all Americans.

Smith says the first lady's White House garden was an important symbol to inspire the nation about eating fresh food.

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