Chef Hanny prepares White House style food at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, VA

NOVEMBER 21, 2011 | 12:00 PM BY SYSOP

Chef Hanny was honored to be at the new Martha Jefferson Hospital to prepare special White House meals for visitors and staff.

The following is a link to the NBC-29 story on Chef Hanny's visit to  the new Martha Jefferson Hospital.

Happy 4th of July

JULY 3, 2011 | 4:01 PM BY SYSOP

I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy July 4th.  Chef Hanny is doing an extended book signing at historic Michie Tavern (  here in Charlottesville, near Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.  11 am to 5 pm on both the 3rd and 4th.  As I reflect back on the history of our country from that original July date, I want to pay tribute to all the men and women in uniform around the world today, those that have served and the countless sacrifices that have been made by servicemembers and their families to keep America The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. -- Secrets Webmaster

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

JUNE 12, 2011 | 11:04 AM BY SYSOP

Hello everyone and welcome to the Secrets Blog. If you have been following my blog you will realize that our webmaster has recently reversed the order placing my most recent blog first. If you are new here, I hope you will take a minute to review my prior postings.

Today I would like to talk about one of our Presidents who, when elected, inherited a depression of the likes our country had never seen in its history and to add to that we also entered a World War. That’s right WW II and our President back then was Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

FDR, as he was known. was confined to a wheel chair after contacting polio as a young man. When he took office he first had to make war on the depression and had to create ways to end it (there are a lot of historians out there who believe he even entered the WW II so the industries in our country could tool up and make products for the War effort).

It’s a Lovely Evening in Washington

MARCH 7, 2011 | 4:04 PM BY ADMIN

Spring has sprung and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.  What a perfect night for the President’s dinner honoring a great friend of America.

State Dinner Part Four

FEBRUARY 7, 2011 | 12:29 PM BY ADMIN

 At the invitation of the President of the United States, you and your guest enter the White House through the North Gate and pass through Secret Service security screening.  Once inside a military escort shows you where the reception room is and where the Protocol Office has set up the receiving line for you to be greeted by the President and First Lady, along with their distinguished guests of honor. 

You will be offered very fine wines and very interesting Hor d’ Oeuvres and get to meet and greet the occasional movie star and dignitaries that you will be sharing the evening with at the State Dinner. Oh yes don’t forget the music, a very important part of the evening. While you are sipping your first glass of wine, there is usually a quartet serenade.

State Dinner Part Three

JANUARY 29, 2011 | 8:06 AM BY ADMIN

 In order to have perfect harmony one must take great care to make sure everything is perfect. That deed falls in the lap of the Chief Usher.

Once the tables are set “The Chief “inspects every piece of silver, china and tablecloth. Tablecloths must be wrinkle free and the silver must gleam. Nary can a scratch be found on the china and definitely no chips.

The seating arrangements are according to importance. For instance at the head table or Table 1 there is the President and next to him is the First Lady. Across from them is the guest of honor and his wife. If the guest of honor is alone then the First Lady will be seated next to him. At the same table is usually the Secretaries of State and Defense with their wives, if the Guest brought his VP along then our VP will sit next to him at Table 2. If not then our VP and wife sit at T 1. A lot of thought goes into the plans and seating charts of a State Dinner.

State Dinner Part Two

JANUARY 13, 2011 | 10:10 AM BY ADMIN


State Dinner Part One

JANUARY 11, 2011 | 8:38 PM BY ADMIN

 A friend sent me this quote by Franklin Roosevelt. He said “If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world in peace’.  This seems so appropriate for what we are witnessing these day. 

President Jefferson and Chicken Provencal

JANUARY 6, 2011 | 11:17 AM BY ADMIN

  You know America is one of the most interesting cultures in the world when it is about food. In our country there is a little of everything. Some you’ll like and some you won’t, but I will try to keep it on the positive side.

Here is a recipe that the family will love and it is very inexpensive to serve. It’s called CHICKEN PROVENCAL and ole Tom Jefferson brought this back from France where he was the Ambassador. I have re- worked it so the modern cook can prepare it.