Saturday, December 7, 2013


It is a time for deep mourning as South Africa makes its preparations for statesman and anti-apartheid revolutionary, Nelson Mandela. I was saddened to hear of his passing this last week. I fondly remember Mandela as being a unique and transcendent man.

On a cool autumn evening in October of 1994, I had the privilege of preparing and serving Mr. Mandela his first state dinner. It was a very exciting time for me and the entire staff as we served dinner in the East Room.

Rest in peace, Mr. Mandela.

The following is actual footage of Nelson's Mandela's visit in 1994.