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Obama State Dinner Menu

Quintessential American Food? Surf and Turf, Apple Pie

Last night the Obamas hosted their first state dinner of 2011. Yesterday, the menu was described as being "quintessentially American," but no specifics were released. While we tried to guess what would be served, in the end White House chefs Cristeta Comerford and Bill Yosses went with a surf and turf menu.

The first course was a pear, fennel, walnut, and goat cheese salad. The second plating consisted of poached Maine lobster served with glazed carrots and mushrooms. After a palate-cleansing lemon sorbet, the president, Chinese delegation, and their guests enjoyed rib eye with crisp onions, double stuffed potatoes, and creamed spinach. For dessert? Good old-fashioned apple pie and vanilla ice cream. The meal sounds perfect to me: it's luxurious, but classic. What do you think of the menu?

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limelindsey limelindsey 5 years
It all sounds delicious, even the lobster (though I wouldn't eat it!). Very American sounding.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
Sounds delicious, but I have to wonder how much the Chinese liked it. Chinese people aren't big on dairy. I'll bet the creamed spinach was weird for them!
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