|Local Rabbis supervised the process|
The White House - President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome about 1,000 guests to two different Hanukkah receptions on Thursday, the last day of the eight-day holiday. Ahead of the parties, the White House released a video that shows the kashering of the kitchen in a rapid 51 seconds.
The process of cleaning and covering kitchen surfaces typically takes two days. The process was conducted "under the strict rabbinical supervision of Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Lubavitch Center of Washington (Chabad), in cooperation with the Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington," the White House said.
The President and Mrs. Obama's first Hanukkah party for 500 guests will be at 4:30 PM and the second, also for 500 guests, will be at 8:00 PM. Both will be in the Grand Foyer. UPDATE: CLICK HERE for the post about the receptions.
The Hanukkah menu typically includes traditional latkes accompanied by apple sauce and sour cream, smoked salmon with sides--capers, lemon, red onion--tiny lamb chops, sliced turkey, salad, and green beans, as well as sweet treats from the pastry shop.
"Watch the kitchen at the White House undergo a transformation into a kosher kitchen," the White House said in a blurb with the video on YouTube.
"This entails wrapping existing kitchen surfaces and a complete separation of milk and meat, as well as the use of kosher ingredients and utensils that have only been used for kosher. This allows the kitchen to prepare and serve a completely kosher meal for this year's Hanukkah celebration at the White House. Local Rabbis were also on hand to oversee the koshering."
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*White House video