Cauliflower Crazy

Broccoli-hating former president finally finds a vegetable he truly loves

Broccoli-hating former president finally finds a vegetable he loves

Cauliflower dish at North Italia
Bush dug into two orders of the Grilled Cauliflower with baby asparagus, toasted breadcrumb, pancetta cream and lemon, topped with a fried egg, at North Italia restaurant. Courtesy photo
News, Shelby, North Italia opening, February 2015, Owen Daniel, T.Y. Yates, Martha Turner, Brooks Reed
North Italia is located at BLVD Place Phase II. Courtesy of North Italia
George Bush Cousins Maine Lobster
Former President George H.W. Bush has been on a food roll. He visited Cousins Maine Lobster food truck last month. Cousins Maine Lobster/Facebook
News, Shelby, North Italia opening, February 2015, Chef Jonathan Wills
The interior of the North Italia restaurant. Courtesy of North Italia
Cauliflower dish at North Italia
News, Shelby, North Italia opening, February 2015, Owen Daniel, T.Y. Yates, Martha Turner, Brooks Reed
George Bush Cousins Maine Lobster
News, Shelby, North Italia opening, February 2015, Chef Jonathan Wills

Along with most kids, and a lot of adults, President George H.W. Bush has made his distaste for broccoli well known. In 1990, while serving as the 41st President of the United States, he told U.S. News and World Report, ''And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States, and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli!"

However, the broccoli-averse former President, who even went so far as to ban the green vegetable from The White House and Air Force One, seems to have a place in his heart for cauliflower.

Bush liked it so much, the family asked for a list of ingredients so they could recreate it for him at home. 

Bush 41 recently hit up new Galleria-area Italian hotspot, North Italia, where he dug into two orders of starter dish, the Grilled Cauliflower (with baby asparagus, toasted breadcrumb, pancetta cream and lemon, all topped with a fried egg). He liked it so much, the family asked for a list of ingredients so they could recreate it for him at home.

Reportedly, the entire dining room erupted in spontaneous applause as Bush made his way to the table, where he was joined by his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush; their son and daughter-in-law, Neil and Maria Bush; Maria’s daughter Lizzie Andrews; Neil’s son Pierce Bush, President of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Greater Houston; and Pierce’s older sister Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO of Feed Projects, who was in town visiting from New York.