Former White House Chef to Be Special Guest at 2013 Gourmet Gala

A former White House Chef for President Bill Clinton and both President Bush’s will be a special guest at the 2013 Gourmet Gala at historic Lime Spring Farm (1720) on Sunday, May 19, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Chef John Moeller magazine coverChef John Moeller is a wonderful addition to an event that already features 33 of the region’s top restaurants, bakeries, specialty food shops, wineries, breweries and coffee shops.” said Lisa Horst, president of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County.  “The gala is always fun and a wonderful fund raiser for our non-profit organization.  The proceeds help us identify and protect homes, barns, bridges and other structures countywide that are historically significant.”

Chef Moeller will prepare dinner for six for the live auction high bidder.  His soon-to-be-published book Dining at the White House – From the President’s Table to Yours, donated by publisher LifeReloaded Specialty Publishing, will be a featured item in the silent auction.  WGAL-TV morning news anchor Lori Burkholder will emcee both auctions.

Food and beverage participants are:

Blue Pacific
Byers Butterflake Bakery
Cajuns in Exile
Carr’s Restaurant
Cork & Cap Restaurant
Dutch Haven Shoo-Fly Pie Bakery
FreshaPeel Hummus!
Gypsy Kitchen Catering
Haydn Zug’s Restaurant & Pub
Intermezzo by Stephanie
John Wright Store & Restaurant
La Petite Patisserie
Lancaster Brewing Company
Lancaster County Coffee Roasters, Inc.
Laurrapin Grille
Miesse Candies
Nissley Vineyards & Winery Estate
Pierre DeRagon Personal Chef Services
Plum Street Gourmet
Rice & Noodles Restaurant
Seasons Olive & Vinegar Taproom
Sugarplums & Tea
Tamanend Winery
The Greenfield Restaurant
The Inn at Bully’s Restaurant & Pub
The Log Cabin
Thorn Hill Vineyards
Tulsi Indian Cuisine and Bar
Twin Brook Winery
Walnut Street Grille
Yards Brewery

Tickets for the 2013 Gourmet Gala are $85 for non-Historic Preservation Trust members and  $75  for members.  They may be purchased by contacting the Historic Preservation Trust at 717-291-5861 or or by visiting and purchasing them online.


About Chef Moeller

A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Chef John Moeller is a member of an elite corps of chefs, those who have served in the White House preparing très soigné cuisine for Presidents, First Families, and their guests, including visiting Heads of State. Chef to three First Families—President George H.W. Bush, President William Jefferson Clinton, and President George W. Bush, Chef Moeller joined the White House kitchen in 1992 as sous chef to Pierre Chambrin and later Walter Scheib, eventually acting as White House Chef in 2005. Over the course of his career in the White House, he focused on creating unique and one-of-a-kind dishes that relied on fresh and flavorful ingredients.

Chef Moeller grew up in the heart of Amish country. What started in high school as a passion for cooking led to his decision to pursue a culinary degree from Johnson and Wales College in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated cum laude in 1981. After working in several restaurants in the New England area, in 1984, John took a trip to France that became a two and a half year journey of discovery, working his way across the region and studying the fundamentals of French cuisine under some of the finest French chefs, including Chef M. Poinsot of Chez Camille and Michelin Starawarded Chef Bernard Loiseau. His time in France also included a brief stint working in the Domaine Michelot vineyards for one of France’s most popular winemakers. From France, Chef Moeller traveled to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands where he experimented with Caribbean flavors and ingredients to complement his mastery of classical French cooking.

He moved to Washington, D.C. in 1987, and a chance meeting led to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Many of the French-trained chefs working in the nation’s capital got together regularly for networking events. At one of these occasions at the Mayflower Hotel, he met Chef Pierre Chambrin of Maison Blanche. Chambrin would later become a White House Executive Chef for the Bush Administration, hiring Chef Moeller as his sous chef. After President Clinton took office, Chef Walter Scheib took over as Executive Chef and retained Chef Moeller in the sous chef position. After Walter Scheib departed, Chef Moeller moved to acting White House Chef during President George W. Bush’s second term.

Chef Moeller served in the White House from September of 1992 until 2005— one of the longest tenured chefs across three Administrations.


About the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County

Founded in 1966 to “stem the rapid destruction of historic properties in LancasterCounty,” the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County’s mission is to preserve and protect LancasterCounty’s rich historic and architectural character through education, advocacy and direct action. The trust has been directly involved in preserving important LancasterCounty landmarks and has provided advice, assistance and guidance in the protection of others.  The trust is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in the historic Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House (circa 1787) at 123 North Prince Street in downtown Lancaster.  Visit for additional information.