Sprig Guest Chef Night: Sam Kass, Personal Chef to President Obama

Sprig's next Guest Chef is one close to our hearts. This Thursday June 25th, we are honored to be featuring three dishes composed by Chef Sam Kass.

Sam Kass was most recently Personal Chef to the Obamas during President Obama's tenure as senator and President. While personal chef at the White House, Sam also served as Executive Director of the First Lady's Let's Move! campaign to combat childhood obesity and was Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition.

For the past months, Sprig has had the privilege of working with Sam and drawing on his experience in Chicago in preparation for our launch in the city. We are so proud to have collaborated with and learned from Sam, and we hope you will join us this Thursday in a celebration of that relationship and our recent launch in Chicago.

Sam was excited to partner with Sprig due to our single-minded focus on delivering nutritional meals via a delightful customer experience. In his words:

Sprig makes eating well simple. One of the biggest challenges to eating well today is that it is time-consuming and expensive. Sprig makes it easy and friendly. Order in the app and get a delicious nutritional meal to your door in 15 minutes.  It’s a mission I believe in and that I am happy to support.

 

About the inspiration for Chef Sam's menu:

Pomegranate chicken, wild rice and greens with chili almonds

Pomegranate chicken, wild rice and greens with chili almonds

"This dish is the first dish I ever created with one my favorite ingredients, pomegranate molasses. This is probably one of the most underutilized ingredients out there and I hope people can see the versatility of pomegranates, from their health benefits to their delicious fresh and sweet flavor."

"Chicago also has a rich Mexican American tradition and the chefs I used to work with taught me to work with poblanos to get the most out of them. This dish brings out the rich culture and food of Chicago, and is served with spinach for its high concentration of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals"

Grilled steak with poblano sauce and sautéed spinach

Grilled steak with poblano sauce and sautéed spinach

White bean salad with honey-lemon vinaigrette

White bean salad with honey-lemon vinaigrette

"I like to keep dishes and salads in particular simple during the summer months. This is a light, healthy and refreshing salad I've composed for Sprig. The white beans are high in protein but not too heavy for the dish. They go perfectly with the greens and radish."

Per Sprig Guest Chef tradition, a portion of the proceeds from the menu will be donated to the charity of Chef Sam’s choice. Sam Kass' non-profit is Chicago based Pilot Light which partners chefs with educators to empower children to make healthier food choices.