White House Executive Pastry Chef shares stories at Sotterley Plantation

Chef Roland MesnierPastry Chef Roland MesnierEnjoy stories and tidbits about what happens behind the White House doors, especially in the kitchen, from former White House Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier. Mesnier's presentation, "Lifetime White House Pastry Chef and Beyond," kicks off the 2015 Speaker Series at the Sotterley Plantation Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7 p.m.

As the White House executive pastry chef for 25 years, Mesnier created and served special confections to five presidents, their families and international dignitaries. He was the first non-American to serve in the White House and became the longest tenured chef in its history. During his appearance, Mesnier will talk about his experiences at the White House and his career after.

Mesnier's career grew from humble beginnings as a young baker's apprentice in France, where he discovered his trade. From working as the sous pastry chef at the iconic Savoy Hotel in London to executive pastry chef at what is now Paris Four Seasons Hotel George V and at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va., Mesnier eventually reached the Executive Mansion.

During his career, Mesnier earned several awards and prestigious distinctions, including 18 gold medals in worldwide competitions and induction into the Chocolate Hall of Fame in New York. He was voted by his peers as Pastry Chef of the Year in Paris in 1987 and received the Legion of Honor in 2005 from President Jacques Chirac.

A Sweet World of White House DessertsMesnier has written several books, including "All the Presidents' Pastries," "Dessert University" and "A Sweet World of White House Desserts."

"A Sweet World of White House Desserts" can be ordered through the Sotterley Museum Shop and picked up at Mesnier's presentation, where he also will sign books.

Call 301-373-2270 to reserve a discounted book for $30 and to make reservations for the event. The speaker series is free and open to the public, but advance reservations are required due to limited seating.

The event will take place in the Barn at Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, Md.

2015 Speaker Series at Sotterley Plantation

The 2015 Speaker Series at Sotterley Plantation is provided in part by support by The Boeing Company. Additional speakers in 2015 include:

Karen Jessee & Thomas William Tear
"Close to the Vest and Under the Skirt"
Sunday, May 17, 3 p.m. in the Barn

Jennifer Pharr Davis
"The Extra Mile: Exploring the Limits of Endurance"
Wednesday, June 3, 7 p.m. in the Barn

Film: "Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields"
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 7 p.m. in the Barn

Bob Arnebeck
"Slave Labor in The Capital: Building Washington's Iconic Federal Landmarks"
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m. in the Barn

Todd Brewster
"Lincoln's Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months that Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation
and Changed the Course of the Civil War"
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m. in the Barn

Richard Moe
"Roosevelt's Second Act: The Election of 1940 and The Politics of War"
Sunday, Nov. 8, 3 p.m. in the Barn

Find out more about the 2015 Speaker Series at the Sotterley Plantation website.