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Obama China State Dinner: Menu, Entertainment, Place setting pictures

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china dinner1.JPGChina State Dinner place setting in the White House Blue Room (photo by Lynn Sweet)

china dinner2.JPGChina State Dinner in the State Dining Room, head table under Lincoln portrait (photo by Lynn Sweet)

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.

The entertainment:

Herbie Hancock, Chris Botti, Lang Lang, Dianne Reeves and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

The menu:

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

Lemon sorbet

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

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I love the new acrylic chairs! (Makes the room seem larger and less crowded too. More open.)

I am sure some are shocked at the replacement of the gold wooden chairs, but these are a real statement!

A nice contrast to the elegant traditionalism of everything else in there!

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