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It coulda happened—we know that they met. On Dec. 21, 1970, Elvis arrived unannounced at the northwest gate of the White House, where he gave the guard a letter asking then-President Nixon to make him a federal agent in the fight against drug abuse. With him the King brought a sack of goodies to show the commander in chief: law-enforcement badges from his collection, a chrome-plated Colt .45, and pictures of his family. With their mutual concern about drug use, hippies, and communists, could they not have talked long into the lunch hour? Perhaps, then, it was Nixon, enthralled by this link to the youth of America who were such a mystery to him, who suggested they run down to the White House mess for a nosh? Elvis could have suggested his old favorite—a fried peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich, whose ingredients would surely have been on hand. “Uh, not the crunchy,” he would have specified as Nixon dug through the cupboards. “Hand me the creamy peanut butter, Mr. President.” In his book, Secrets From the White House Kitchens, D.C. restaurateur John R. Hanny takes us downstairs at the nation’s most famous residence. His essays dish up recipes and anecdotes from the Franklin Roosevelt administration (lots of cream-based dishes) all the way to Clinton’s (Hillary hired a chef specializing in light cuisine). Ask Hanny about the Elvis encounter as you sample recipes from the book made by his catering firm, Savory Cafe, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Travel Books and Language Center, 4437 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. (202) 237-1322. (Janet Hopf)