Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Obama's Locavore State Dinner for President Hu

Business Week summarizes the "quintessentially American" menu and local foods at tonight's state dinner well, including an incredible nod to our old family friends, the Dimons, CEO Jamie of JP Morgan Chase and his lovely wife Judy. Go Jamie!!

The recent history of state dinners is particularly fascinating including the details in the Obama Administration's Chef Comerford, White House protocal, and the all important WHITE HOUSE GARDEN.  Thanks to ObamaFoodoRama for today's update and Business Week:
"Among the 225 invited guests are actor Jackie Chan, Jamie Dimon, chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Walt Disney Co. CEO Robert Iger and former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.They will begin the meal with a D’Anjou pear salad with farmstead goat cheese, fennel, black walnuts, and white balsamic. In keeping with the theme, the meal will be accompanied by American wines: the lobster will be served with Dumol Chardonnay “Russian River” 2008, the steak with Quilceda Creek Cabernet “Columbia Valley” 2005, and the apple pie will be served with Poet’s Leap Riesling “Botrytis” 2008.Some of the ingredients in the evening’s meal are from The Chef’s Garden, a vegetable and herb supplier in Huron, Ohio that focuses on sustainability and affordability. Herbs from the White House garden are also being used in the meal. The honey in the dessert also comes from the first lady’s White House kitchen garden, located on the South lawn of the White House.Instead of inviting a guest chef to add to the glitz of the evening, tonight’s meal is being prepared by White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford and White House Executive Pastry Chef William Yosses.Guests will sit at round tables of ten spread out between the Blue Room, Red Room and State Dining Room on the main floor of the White House. Dinner linens feature pheasants in jewel tones that reflect the work of American artist John James Audubon. The floral arrangements include feathers in honor of the pheasant, China’s native bird, and are a mix of flowers and berries.Trumpeter Chris Botti, singers Dianne Reeves and Dee Dee Bridgewater will entertain the guests in the White House’s East Room with “An Evening of Jazz.” Singer Barbra Streisand is among the invited guests.Dinner will be served on china from the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton, Harry Truman, and Ronald Reagan."


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the insights, and
thanks for your blog! Here's an entertaining New Yorker article that tells how Eleanor Roosevelt had a crusade to bring affordable food to the white house's official table during the depression.

I got some interesting info and good laughs out of's a little taste:

"Mrs. Nesbitt turned out meals so gray, so drooping, and so spectacularly inept that they became a Washington legend. They also irritated an epicurean President three times a day—an outcome that may or may not have figured in Eleanor’s calculations... Broiled kidneys on toast, chipped beef on toast, shrimp wiggle on toast, curried eggs on toast; creamed chicken, creamed beef, and creamed celery. Franklin Roosevelt, who had been raised on a Hyde Park estate with its own farm and fine cooks, knew the taste of excellent food and missed it badly."

Check it out at:


Anonymous said...

Some of the ingredients in the evening’s meal are from The Chef’s Garden, a vegetable and herb supplier in Huron, Ohio that focuses on sustainability and affordability.

Actually, this is probably the highest priced vegetable company in the world. How sustainable or affordable is that?