WASHINGTON--President Obama and First Lady Michelle honor Hu Jintao, president of the People's Republic of China at a State Dinner on Wednesday night with 225 guests held entirely in the White House--not in bigger tents on the South Lawn used for the leaders of Mexico and India. The entertainment is jazz, as American as apple pie--which is one of the deserts.
Guests will be scattered in three rooms in the White House: Blue, Red, State, with the presidents eating in the State Dining room seated in a long table seating 20. Television monitors are in each room so the guests can see the toasts and the rest of the State Dining room action.
Unlike the other state dinners in the Obama White House, this time there is no guest chef: overseeing the fine dining is White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford, a native of Manilla, Phillippines, appointed to the position by former First Lady Laura Bush in 2005, joined by William Yosses, the White House executive pastry chef. Rafenelli Events were the event planners--the same firm that planned Chelsea Clinton's wedding.
Herbie Hancock, Chris Botti, Lang Lang, Dianne Reeves and Dee Dee Bridgewater.
D'Anjou Pear Salad with Farmstead Goat Cheese
Fennel, black walnuts and white balsamic
Poached Maine Lobster, Orange glaze carrots and black trumpet mushrooms
wine--Dumul Chardonnay "Russian River" 2008
Dry aged rib eye with buttermilk crisp onions
Double stuffed potatoes and creamed spinach
wine--Quilceda Creek Cabernet "Columbia Valley" 2005
Old fashioned apple pie with vanilla ice cream
wine-- Poet's Leap Riesling "botrytis" 2008