Food Fit for a President
Take a look at what's on the menu for President Obama's state dinners, and what's been eaten at other White House events and on state visits abroad.
State Dinner: May 19, 2010
The menu from President Obama's second state dinner, honoring Mexican President Felipe Calderon:
Jicama with Oranges, Grapefruit, and Pineapple
Ulises Valdez Chardonnay 2007 "Russian River"
Herb Green Ceviche of Hawaiian Opah
Oregon Wagyu Beef in Oaxacan Black Mole
Black Bean Tamalon and Grilled Green Beans
Herrera Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 "Seleccion Rebecca"
Toasted Homemade Marshmallows
Graham Cracker Crumble and Goat Cheese Ice Cream
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State Dinner: Nov. 24, 2009
The menu from President Obama's first state dinner, honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh:
Potato and eggplant salad
White House arugula with onion seed vinaigrette
2008 Savingnon Blanc, Modus Operandi, Napa Valley, Calif.
Red lentil soup with fresh cheese
2006 Riesling, Brooks "Ara", Wilamette Valley
Roast potato dumplings with tomato chutney
Chick peas and okra or green curry prawns with caramelized salsify, smoked collard greens and coconut-aged basmati
2007 Granache Beckman Vineyards, Santa Ynez, Calif.
Pumpkin pie tart
Sparkling Chardonnay, Thibaut Janisson Brut, Monticello, Va.
Petits fours and coffee
Passion fruit and vanilla gelees
Ramadan Dinner: Sept. 1, 2009
The menu from the White House's Ramadan dinner:
Kitchen garden green salad
Spiced Marcona almonds
Charlie's honey vinaigrette
Potato and leek puree
Late summer peas
Oranges and lemon sorbet
Congressional Luau: June 25, 2009
The menu from the luau-themed Congressional Picnic:
Wasabi potato salad
Farm green salad
Lomi Lomi salmon
Stuffed new potatoes
BBQ baby back ribs
Shrimp and clams
Tilapia tempura rolls
Crispy chicken hoagie
Grilled lamb chops
Spiced short ribs
Vice Presidential Dinner: May 6, 2009
The menu from Vice President Joe Biden's dinner honoring Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari:
Yellow tomato gazpacho
Balsamic-marinated beef tenderloin with wild rice, orzo pilaf and spring asparagus
Strawberry-rhubarb croustade with vanilla ice cream
Americas Summit: April 18, 2009
The menu the Summit leaders and their spouses dined on in Trinidad:
Home-made plantain, cassava and bhaji cakes with apple papaya chutney
Traditional Trinidadian corn soup with savory dumplings and local provisions
Grilled tenderloin of beef with arugula mashed potatoes, Trinidadian tomato chokha and spicy tamarind sauce
"Kiss of the Hummingbird" cake with mango ice cream
Visit to Mexico: April 17, 2009
The dinner menu during President Obama's visit to Mexico City:
Shrimp in "Rooster's Beak" sauce with jicama, mango and cilantro.
Beef filet in molcajete sauce (made of green tomato, dried chilies, garlic and onion), accompanied by a corn leaf base with grilled cactus-paddle strips and zucchini stuffed with squash flowers
Fig barrel in sapodilla sauce with chocolate curls
Coffee and tea
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