Local pizzeria provides President-elect Obamas favorite pizza at Washington, DC event

 Italian Fiesta Pizzeria owner Patti Harris-Tubbs and staff offered slices of their family recipe pizza at an exclusive Ritz-Carlton A New Birth of Freedom VIP/Media Reception in Washington, DC. in November.

They were invited to participate so that guests could sample their pizza that is said to be President-elect Barack Obamas favorite. Along with the Italian Fiesta Pizzeria in Obamas Hyde Park neighborhood, there are a total of five locations, including one in New Lenox at 2021 Calistoga in the Calistoga Plaza near Berkots.

The Washington, DC reception showcased the Ritz-Carltons best in show 2009 Inaugural amenities and activities. In addition to Italian Fiesta pizza, the event also featured some of the President-elects other favorite foods and desserts such as turkey chili and tropical fruit salad. Guests enjoyed Obama-themed beverages including the Obama Pama, Delicate Donkey and Blue Hawaiian.

Student chefs worked alongside chefs from the Ritz-Carlton to create special Inauguration 2009 Commemorative Cookies that will be placed in guest rooms at the hotel at the time of the Presidential Inauguration.

In honor of Vice President-elect Bidens birthday, guests celebrated with a special birthday cake prepared by the hotels chefs. Guests also had the opportunity to view bedding for a special Canine Crib and vote for their choice of dog to become the First Familys First Pooch.

Additional items on display included 2009 Inaugural fashions, liquors, jewelry, transportation, a special menu from Westend Bistro and homemade herbal bath soaps. Jazz Violinist Bliss Ananda also performed some of Obamas top ten favorite songs.

For information about Italian Fiesta Pizzeria go to or call 815-462-5555.

Submitted by Nancy Neuzil, public relations


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