The food, of course, has our attention even more than the table settings, and we have to say that the menu sounds deliciously seasonal and unpretentious. It's dignified enough to serve to a new president, but also warming after a morning standing in the cold. The Duck Breast with Cherry Chutney sounds very good, and the Molasses Whipped Sweet Potatoes sound downright tasty. Plus there's Cinnamon Apple Sponge Cake for dessert.
• Get the recipes here: 2009 Inaugural Luncheon Menu
You can also browse through photos and menus from past inaugural luncheons. The image at the top of this post is from Ronald Reagan's inaugural luncheon in 1985.
(All images: U.S. Senate Collection)