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Former White House chef brings his book, ‘Dining at the White House,’ to Edwards, Oct. 13

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EDWARDS — Election season is in full swing, and the one thing everyone can all agree on is that there is absolute insanity from wherever you stand. But The Bookworm of Edwards has found a way to bring everyone together once again.

Food.

Today The Bookworm invites everyone to set aside the insanity and come together for great food, intriguing conversation and bipartisan insights into our nation's capitol. John Moeller, former White House chef and author of "Dining at the White House," will be hosting a political potluck of sorts, providing food inspired by his cookbook and engaging the audience with tales of his time at the White House.

Moeller grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Calling the East Coast home for most of his life, he went to Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, and graduated with a degree in culinary arts in 1981.

After finishing his studies, he stayed in Providence for the next few years until making a move to France studying at the University of Dijon. His years in France held incredible experiences, including working the grape harvest in 1984 and 1985 in the Village of Meursault, Burgundy, and working in fine restaurants in the area.

After completing a six-month training in Brittany on the west coast of France, he returned to the United States, taking a job at a resort on St Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Professional experience

Upon returning to Lancaster, he stopped in Washington, D.C., and found work quickly. In the coming years, Moeller worked for a few restaurants and hotels until the job for one of the chefs at the White House opened up in the spring of 1992. Starting for President George H.W. Bush in September of 1992, Moeller continued with eight years with President Bill Clinton and five years with President George W. Bush, until December of 2005. Moeller and his team were responsible for all of the private meals for the president's family and the official functions that occurred in the White House and at Camp David.

Author and storyteller

Moeller lived in the Rockville area of Maryland until the summer of 2010, when he relocated back to Lancaster to start his own business, State of Affairs Catering, and authored his first book, "Dining at the White House," which was released in September of 2013.

"Dining at the White House," won three awards in 2014: gold for best autobiography, gold for best cookbook and silver for best celebrity memoir.

In addition to his resume, Moeller had invaluable experiences he will share on Thursday. Moeller will not only regale tales of cooking unexpectedly for Julia Child and what the typical menu looked like for the president, but will also give privy insight into the days leading up to, during and after 9/11.

For more information about Moeller and his book, Please visit http://www.diningatthewhitehouse.com.

If you go …

What: Dinner with John Moeller, author of “Dining at the White House.”

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.

Where: The Bookworm of Edwards, 295 Main St., Riverwalk at Edwards.

Cost: $60 for an individual ticket or $90 for a couples ticket; all tickets include dinner and a copy of the book.

More information: Call 970-926-7323, or visit http://www.bookwormofedwards.com.