What's for dinner?
October 13th, 2011
05:53 PM ET

What's for dinner?

The President and Mrs. Obama will host His Excellency President Lee Myung-bak and Mrs. Kim Yoon-ok for a State Dinner on the night of October 13th, 2011. The State Dinner will be held in the East Room of the White House. White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford and White House Executive Pastry Chef William Yosses have constructed the evening’s menu using local ingredients, including produce grown in the White House Kitchen Garden.

A Fall Harvest Dinner
The Korea State Dinner Menu is a celebration of an early Fall Harvest. Last week, on October 5, the First Lady and local students from Tubman and Bancroft Elementary Schools in Washington, DC worked together to harvest vegetables in the White House Kitchen Garden as part of Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. Vegetables from that harvest are highlighted in this evening’s dinner and perennial herbs from the garden are used throughout the meal.

Local Menu Selection
The first course, Butternut Squash Bisque, represents the best in local, seasonal fare: the dish is light yet robust and features the scents of fall. It includes squash from the White House Kitchen Garden and honey from the White House beehive. The Early Fall Harvest Salad, featuring daikon sheets and masago rice pearl crispies, is a nod to Korean traditions, and includes greens from the White House Kitchen Garden. The main dish features wagyu beef from a Texas ranch, fresh kale from a DC-area source and squash from the White House Kitchen Garden. The dessert features a classic recipe of chocolate cake layered with a harmonious blend of Korean and American pears.

First Course
Butternut Squash Bisque, Honey Poached Cranberries,
Virginia Cured Ham, Pumpkin Seed Praline, Crème Fraiche

Second Course
Early Fall Harvest Salad on Daikon Sheets,
Masago Rice Pearl Crispies, Rice Wine Vinaigrette

Main Course
Texas Wagyu Beef, Orange-Ginger Fondue,
Sauteed Kale, Roasted Kabocha Squash

Dessert
Chocolate Malt Devils Food Layers
With Pear and Almond Brittle

An American wine will be paired with each course


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Sam Houma

    Been unemployed for nearly a year. Dinner for our family is a bit simply these days.

    Red bean and rice with a bit of salt pork, corn bread.
    washed down with sweet tea.

    October 13, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  2. Howard

    You mean michelle isn't going to force the Koreans to eat apple slices, and other boring foods she is pushing Americans to eat ???

    October 13, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  3. Dean/FL

    Maybe later, they can fly over Wall Street in Marine 1 and drop some leftovers!

    October 13, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
  4. mikle

    I love when after dinner they talk about how much they care of poor people.

    October 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    No, Howard...most Koreans, Chinese, Japanese, Mongolians, etc., already eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. They eat very healthy. They're not all dying of overweight, diabetes, high-blood, cancer and heart-attacks like you undisciplined, greedy Americans are! Our healthcare insurance companies are making us pay for it too! You are a piece of work!

    October 14, 2011 at 7:20 am |