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Obama State Dinner Official Food and Wine Menu


IMG_0732.jpgPlace card at the Obama first state dinner (photo by Lynn Sweet)

IMG_0736.JPG Desert plate, Obama first state dinner (photo by Lynn Sweet)

Potato and eggplant salad
White House arugula with onion seed vinaigrette
2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Modus Operandi, Napa Valley, California

Red lentil soup with fresh cheese
2006 Riesling Brooks ³Ara² Willamette Valley, Oregon

Roasted potato dumplings with tomato chutney
chick peas and okra
or green curry prawns
caramelized salsify with smoked collard greens and coconut aged basmati
2007 Grenache, Beckmen Vineyards, Santa Ynez, California

Pumpkin pie tart
pear tatin
whipped cream and caramel sauce
Sparkling Chardonnay, Thibaut Janisson Brut, Monticello, Virginia

Petits fours and coffee
Cashew brittle
Pecan pralines
Passion fruit and vanilla gelees
Chocolate-dipped fruit


I believe the correct spelling is Beckmen Vineyards

arugula, pumpkin, chardonnay -- spelling!

re: "2007 granache..."

I thought it was spelled "grenache".

The presentation of the passion fruit w/vanilla gelees is not pleasing. The sauce is running all over the place into the pumpkin tart. Rather than trying to do everything, I'd probably keep to a simpler dessert. It would be too much on anybody's plate, and the clutter of the presentation detracts from what I am sure is excellent food.

thank you

"Desert" plate? Where's the sand?

Spelling! Dessert with two esses.

They should have had Hema's Kitchen of Chicago make the Indian food. The best Indian cuisine is at Hema's. Have you ever been there?

And don't forget the accent mark on "gelees" (on the second 'e')

What was the type of wine used that was from Oregon

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