January 19th, 2011
09:45 PM ET
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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.

Previously - Apple pie and White House honey highlight tonight's all-American State Dinner menu

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Apple pie and White House honey highlight tonight's all-American State Dinner menu
January 19th, 2011
06:15 PM ET
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Top Chef Masters winners Rick Bayless and Marcus Samuelsson can keep their knives packed.

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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5@5 - Kelly Choi
January 19th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

We all have them. Those foods that call to us from the depths of the pantry or refrigerator like a siren’s song. Maybe it’s cereal, maybe it’s Nutella, maybe it’s a Filet-o-Fish - whatever the specific poison, you know very well that you could pummel it into your pie hole until you drift into a food coma and your stomach cries out in agony, “Uuuuuuuuncle!”

We're not recommending you do such on a regular basis, but hey, we're human(ish) and all have our weaknesses - even Kelly Choi, the host of the New York City-based restaurant show "Eat Out NY," and seasons one and two of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters."

5 Foods I absolutely CANNOT Keep in My Apartment Because I Will Dog the Entire Container in One Sitting: Kelly Choi
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Yo-Yo Ma, balsamic ice cream and plum blossoms at the State Department luncheon
January 19th, 2011
04:15 PM ET
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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.

Luncheon invitees represent the strong and diverse ties between our two countries. From government officials like former Secretaries of State Kissinger, Shultz, Powell and Albright, to cultural figures like Amy Tan, Vera Wang, chef Ming Tsai, figure skater Michelle Kwan, and the first Chinese-American football player in the NFL Ed Wang .

After dessert has been served, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Roman, a young critically acclaimed cellist, will perform three pieces from Western and Chinese composers.

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