After tongues began wagging about First Lady Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday save –the-date cards instructing guests to “eat before they come,” it wasn’t long before some well-known etiquette experts began weighing in on the unconventional advice.
“I don’t think it’s rude, but I do think it’s a little . . . different than what people are used to. How’s that for putting it delicately?” Lizzie Post, the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, told the Washington Post.
That was on my mind earlier today, when I chatted by phone with a local food culture expert who suggested another reason why the first lady might have worded things the way she did, given her emphasis on healthy eating and the Let’s Move Initiative.
“As nutritionists, we always tell people to eat before they go to a party so they won’t be ravenous before they get there,” Susan Adams, a LaSalle University professor who teaches nutrition, food culture and food science.