WASHINGTON – White House executive Chef Cris Comerford and White House executive pastry chef William Yosses created a special menu featuring delicacies from across the United States for Tuesday’s state dinner.
The menu for the French president’s visit included a three-course meal with dessert. This dinner highlighted the talents of America’s cheese artisans and farmers across the country. Comerford and Yosses talked about their creations Monday at the White House.
The first course was American caviar,farmed in the estuaries of Illinois. This was served with quail eggs and 12 different kinds of potatoes from New York.
The second course,the winter garden salad,represented Mrs. Obama’s White House kitchen garden. A mix of radishes and baby carrots,served on a bed of merlot lettuce,this fresh salad gave a little peek at spring.
The main course,dry-aged rib eye beef,from Greely,Colo.,was served with Jasper Hill Farm Blue Cheese from Vermont.
For dessert,a geometric shaped Hawaiian chocolate malted cake was served with vanilla ice-cream. In addition to that,there was Vermont maple syrup,lavender shortbread cookies and cotton candy dusted with orange zest.
This marks the seventh state or official visit of the Obama administration. State visits are used to highlight the most important relationships in the world. The United States and France have been longstanding allies and friends.
Bill Allman,White House curator,said the president and first lady would bring Hollande to the Blue Room,the principal parlor of the White House. This room is full of French artifacts bought by President James Monroe.
Laura Dowling,the White House chief floral designer,created French-inspired bouquets to set the tone for the state dinner. Spring branches with white and purple irises were used for the bouquets.
Dowling also used reflective containers and surfaces with water candles and flowers to give a light and airy spring like look. The artistic use of quince branches with delicate bloom showcases traditional French floral art.
Following the dinner,the White House hosted a performance by Mary J. Blige.
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