Ahem. This is seriously worth watching just for menu recitation alone. Oh - and there are plenty of matters of protocol surrounding the feast as well.
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Though the two provided assistance at state dinners in the past, White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford and Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses will be helming the kitchen themselves tonight. They’ll also be bucking the precedent set when the aforementioned chefs served chutney and curry to the Indian Prime Minister and Oaxacan Black Mole and jicama to the President of Mexico.
Tonight’s menu, at the request of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s delegation, will be an all-American feast featuring last summer’s harvest of honey and produce from the White House’s kitchen garden.
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Many thanks to our pal Stacia Deshisiku from the White House Political Unit and The 1600 Report for passing on this State Department memo on the Chinese and American-influenced luncheon feast served in honor of President Hu Jintao's visit today.
Eddie Gehman Kohan of Obama Foodorama reports that an East Wing (that's the residential and First Lady's side of the White House) staffer says there will be no guest chef for the State Dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao tonight.
Instead, Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford and Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses will be helming the kitchen and presenting a "quintessentially American" meal at the request of the Chinese delegation.
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