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San Francisco girl to dine at White House

First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday will host the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe challenge for kids that promotes cooking and healthy eating, for the annual kids’ “State Dinner.”

Actually a luncheon, it’s part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! anti-obesity initiative. The 55 aspiring young chefs and a parent or guardian will join her for a healthy lunch featuring a selection of the winning recipes, and a special performance by the cast of Disney’s Tony Award-winning hit musical, Aladdin, followed by a visit to the White House Kitchen Garden.

Aria PelaezCalifornia’s winner is Aria Pelaez, 9, of San Francisco, who created the California Rainbow Taco with Mic-Kale Obama Slaw and Barack-amole. (Hmm, think she won for the name alone?)

“I was inspired to make this recipe because my family makes bland tacos,” Aria told the White House, apparently with little regard for her parents’ feelings. “I took leftover BBQ pineapple, tomato, orange peppers, and red onions and made a taco with them. I added grilled fish and I made a guacamole yogurt sauce to give it a strong taste. This dish makes my mouth water.”

“You rock, Mrs. Michelle Obama!” she added. “P.S. This is gluten free! My granddad has Celiac so I try to eat gluten free, too, in his honor.”

See the recipe, after the jump…
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Oakland FoodCorps member will visit White House

A FoodCorps member helping Oakland public school students learn about healthy food will join First Lady Michelle Obama to help plant the sixth consecutive White House Kitchen Garden.

Sarah TingSarah Ting is one of six FoodCorps members taking part next Wednesday, April 2. Ting works with the Oakland Unified School District, where she teaches and collaborates with the Farm-to-School Supervisor on district level procurement for the National School Meal Program.

FoodCorps is part of the AmeriCorps Service Network. This nationwide program is dedicated to teaching children about healthy food, how it grows, and where it comes from, and ensuring they have access to these foods each and every day. Serving under the direction of state and community partners, FoodCorps members across the country dedicate a year of public service to help children grow up in healthy school food environments.

FoodCorps founders and students from Washington, D.C.’s Bancroft Elementary School and Harriet Tubman Elementary School, who have been active participants in the White House Kitchen Garden, also will take part in Wednesday’s event.

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Upcoming events with FCC chair, First Lady & me

Tom Wheeler (AP photo)This Thursday, Jan. 9, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler will be in Oakland for a town hall giving local residents a chance to share their stories and speak about the impacts of an increasingly corporate media environment. The event – from 7 to 9 p.m., in Nile Hall, 1233 Preservation Park Way – is hosted by Voices for Internet Freedom, the Center for Media Justice, Free Press, ColorOfChange and the National Hispanic Media Coalition. Other featured speakers will include California Public Utilities Commissioner Catherine Sandoval, Greenlining Institute energy and telecommunications policy director Stephanie Chen, CIVIC Co-Executive Director Christina Mansfield, The Utility Reform Network Executive Director Mark Toney, and representatives from the host organizations. The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited, so attendees should RSVP online.

In the realm of shameless self-promotion (though not really, as I don’t get paid), I’ll be part of the Commonwealth Club’s “Week to Week” news roundtable at 6:30 p.m. next Monday, January 13, in the club’s offices on the second floor of 595 Market St. in San Francisco. I’ll be joining attorney Melissa Griffin Caen, a contributor to KPIX-TV and San Francisco magazine, and the Chronicle’s Joe Garofoli, with the club’s John Zipperer as moderator. Come early at 5:30 p.m. for a wine-and-cheese social – current events are always better after wine. Tickets cost $5 for club members, $15 for non-members or $7 for students, and are available online.

Michelle ObamaAnd, First Lady Michelle Obama will join House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to headline a women’s luncheon and reception to benefit the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Friday, Jan. 31 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. The fundraising page makes no mention of the First Lady, but a White House official speaking on background confirmed Monday that she’s scheduled to attend. Tickets range from $500 each to $32,400, the latter of which buys two tickets to the VIP reception and photo line and a table for 10 at lunch. The First Lady had been scheduled to raise money for Democrats in October in the Bay Area, but cancelled her trip amid the government shutdown.

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Michelle Obama to raise $$$ for DNC in Bay Area

First Lady Michelle Obama will headline a Democratic National Committee fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 12 in Belvedere.

Tickets to the 2:30 p.m. reception at the home of retired software executive Noelle Leca and attorney Michael Moradzadeh start at $1,000 per head; it’s $5,000 for a photo with the First Lady, plus $1,000 per additional person in the photo, or $32,400 to become a co-chair and have an even smaller audience with Mrs. Obama.

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Menlo Park girl to lunch with Michelle Obama

A Menlo Park girl is among 54 children from across the nation who’ll lunch with Michelle Obama at the White House on Tuesday, having won a recipe contest that’s part of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” anti-obesity initiative for kids.

The contest, in cooperation with Epicurious and the departments of Education and Agriculture, invited parents to work with their children ages 8 to 12 to create lunchtime recipes that are healthy, affordable, original and delicious. One winner from each state plus three territories and the District of Columbia, culled from more than 1,300 entries, will join the First Lady for a healthy lunch featuring a selection of the winning recipes and a performance by singer Rachel Crow, followed by a visit to the White House kitchen garden.

Rose ScottRose Scott, 12, was California’s winner with her recipe for pork-and-tofu lettuce cups. She explained that her recipe was inspired by her family’s need.

“When my little brother Galen was a baby, he was allergic to a lot of foods. He couldn’t eat wheat, dairy, or eggs. That meant no pizza or macaroni and cheese. My mom spent a lot of time trying to find nutritious foods that he could eat,” she said. “She used to serve a pork and tofu dish over rice. I was inspired by that dish when I made this recipe. It can be served with brown rice, but I like to eat it with lots of veggies and sliced oranges on the side. You can also make this with ground beef or turkey.”

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Michelle Obama to raise money in SF March 30

First Lady Michelle Obama will do a fundraiser for her husband’s campaign on Friday, March 30 at the California Academy of Science in San Francisco.

The 4:30 p.m. event will mark the launch of a “Families for Obama” initiative. Ticket prices start at $1,000 for an individual or $5,000 to have your picture taken with the First Lady (and you can include up to three friends in that photo for $2,000 each). A “co-host family” paying $35,800 will take part in a private reception with the First Lady that day and will receive a family photo (up to six people) with Mrs. Obama plus a commemorative invitation with their names listed. These co-host Families also will have a family photo taken with President Obama when he visits the Bay Area next.

The first $5,000 of a person’s contribution goes to Obama for America, half for the primary and half for the general election; the rest, up to $30,800, goes to the Democratic National Committee.

Sooner yet, Obama supporters will gather Wednesday, March 21, in San Francisco to discuss new strategies and events for the “Obama Victory Trustees,” a newly formed national group of “bundlers” focused on soliciting mid-level contributions. Announced last month, the trustees’ category was created for people who want to raise money for the president but can’t hit the $500,000 mark required for National Finance Committee members; bundling $100,000 makes you a victory trustee, privy to briefings with campaign officials.