Tuesday, December 1, 2009

What they ate: First state dinner of the Obama White House

You might like a look into President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's first state dinner honoring India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharon Kaur in the State Dining Room of the White House and a accompanying tent structure in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009.

The photos and menu speak for themselves, courtesy CBS News.

Potato and Eggplant Salad
White House Arugula w/ Onion Seed Vinaigrette
2008 Savingnon Blanc, Modus Operandi, Napa Valley

Red Lentil Soup w Fresh Cheese
2006 Riesling, Brooks "Ara", Wilamette Valley

Roast Potato Dumplings w Tomato Chutney
Chick Peas and Okra or Green Curry Prawns w caramelized Salsify w smoke Collard Greens and coconut aged basmati
2007 Granache Beckman Vineyards, Santa Ynez, CA

Pumpkin pie tart
Pear tatin
Whipped Cream and Caramel sauce
Sparkling Chardonnay, Thibaut Janisson Brut, Monticello, VA

Petits fours and Coffee
Cashew Brittle
Pecan Pralines
Passion fruit and vanilla gelees
Chocolate dipped fruit

Michelle Obama's gown is by Naeem Khan.


EntertainingMom said...

Not a menu I would choose... certainly not one I would crash a party for...

You so knew I HAD to add that!!! :)

The photos are stunning of the dishes, dining area and palladium tents... I do LOVE a palladium tent!

LPC said...

The menu is culturally sensitive:). They were hosting India...no pork, no beef, etc.

Karena said...

Gorgeous setting. That dinner has been in the news continuously. Michell's gown is luscious!

Queen of Cashmere said...

The menu was mainly vegetarian in deference to the Indian guests of honor. The menu was light and lovely and the gesture thoughtful and gracious.
The table settings are gorgeous from the china service and the silver to the vibrant linens and lush flowers. I am experiencing serious tabletop envy.

Marsha said...

My only issue is heavy on the potatoes. Of course, we don't know if the two dishes contained very different varieties of potatoes but, on the face of it, two potato dishes in rapid succession is one too many.

Other than that, lovely. Red lentil soup? Delish!

Teacats said...

Gorgeous dress! And a brillant evening all around -- and the menu was fresh, light, pretty and fascinating! A stellar event in a magical setting!

Jan at Rosemary Cottage