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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

Citrus Vinaigrette

Ulises Valdez Chardonnay 2007 "Russian River"

Herb Green Ceviche of Hawaiian Opah

Sesame-Cilantro Cracker

Oregon Wagyu Beef in Oaxacan Black Mole

Black Bean Tamalon and Grilled Green Beans

Herrera Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 "Seleccion Rebecca"

Chocolate-Cajeta Tart

Toasted Homemade Marshmallows

Graham Cracker Crumble and Goat Cheese Ice Cream

Mumm Napa "Carlos Santana Brut" N/V

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Pictures: White House State Dinner

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

Pear tatin

Sparkling Chardonnay, Thibaut Janisson Brut, Monticello, Va.

Petits fours and coffee

Cashew brittle

Pecan pralines

Passion fruit and vanilla gelees

Chocolate-dipped fruit

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

Organic chicken

Potato and leek puree

Late summer peas

Kataifi wafers

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

Kalua pig

Shrimp and clams

Tilapia tempura rolls

Crispy chicken hoagie

Grilled lamb chops

Spiced short ribs

Strawberry tiramisu

Chocolate bars

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:

Arugula salad

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

Lime Sorbet

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