The news that Michelle Obama is coming to our area started with a tweet:
On July 3, News 12 reporter Tara Rosenblum tweeted: “The first lady is heading to Westchester! Michelle Obama will be @ Blue Hill Farm in Bedford on July 15 for a fundraiser for the President.”
Well, sort of. It looks like Michelle Obama is coming to Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns on Bedford Road, in Pocantico Hills.
But getting more info right now on Sunday's would-be event is like trying to sniff out truffles in the forest.
's Communications Director Mara Flanagan could not offer much beyond this: “The details are still up in the air,” Flanagan said. “There's nothing really that I can comment on as of yet. But I will let you know as soon as I'm allowed to.”
Calling the White House – which surprisingly gets picked up before the phone even seems to ring – yielded an email address to the First Lady's Press Office. The email sent this morning was soon answered but with no more advance info. "We are happy to provide a pull report and full transcript after the event if you would be interested," said the unnamed emailer.
Stone Barns enjoys a nice relationship with Michelle Obama, who toured the agricultural educational center back in September 2010. She visited the farm with wives of UN dignitaries when area third graders were participating in farm-based education, followed by a lunch at the prestigious Blue Hill. The Pocantico Hills children there were obviously thrilled with the opportunity to .
Dan Barber, executive chef at Blue Hill, is a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. The council was formerly dedicated to fitness and sports, but under this First Lady's leadership it added the healthy eating component of nutrition to its efforts.