Good eating: State Dinner menu
June 7th, 2011
02:52 PM ET

Good eating: State Dinner menu

Looking for a good meal tonight? The White House has it covered. But you’ll need a much-sought after invite to the State Dinner to get a taste. The White House says many of the vegetables and herbs used to prepare the dinner came from the White House Kitchen Garden.

Here’s the menu:

White House Garden Chopped Salad
Fine Herbs
White House Honey Gastrique

Tuna Tartare with Rye Crisps
Pickled Young Carrots and Mustard Oil
Spring Pea Salad
Shaved Ham and Ginger Snaps

Petit Filet
With Maryland Crab Ravioli
Wild Ramp Puree

Apple Strudel
Golden Raisins and Tophen

Topics: State Dinner
Did you know?
The table setting for the state dinner held at the White House January 2011 to honor Chinese President Hu Jintao.
June 7th, 2011
01:21 PM ET

Did you know?

(WASHINGTON) CNN–President and Mrs. Obama tonight will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband  Joachim Sauer at a state dinner full of pomp and elegance.  The dinner will be held in the Rose Garden.  This isn't the first time the Obama's have hosted a state dinner outside.  The dinner for India's prime minister in 2009 was held in a white tent on the White House South Lawn.  So why not inside in the actual State Dining Room?  Well, it's like Thanksgiving at Grandma's house; it all comes down to space!  The State Dining Room only holds about 140 people.

A lot on their plates and we're not talking State dinner!
President Obama welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House Tuesday. (photo: Getty Images)
June 7th, 2011
11:27 AM ET

A lot on their plates and we're not talking State dinner!


Washington (CNN)- German Chancellor Angela Merkel received an official welcome to the White House Tuesday morning in a ceremony marked by pomp and circumstance, a major honor for an ally who has differed sharply on key issues at times from her American counterparts.

The chancellor also will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, at a state dinner Tuesday evening.

Merkel, 56, dined privately with President Barack Obama at a Georgetown restaurant Monday night. The two leaders are likely to discuss a range of economic and security topics during Merkel's visit, including the turmoil in the Middle East and the shaky global economy.

"Our alliance at its core is a partnership between two peoples," Obama said. "The story of Germany and our alliance in the 20th century shows what's possible in the 21st. Wars can end, adversaries can become allies, walls can come down. At long last, nations can be whole and can be free."


A White House Tradition
June 7th, 2011
10:00 AM ET

The hardest ticket to get in town: State Dinners

When President Obama hosts a State Dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday, it will be the latest in a long line of White House fetes for foreign heads of states.

White House State Dinners can be traced all the way back to 1874, when President Ulysses S. Grant hosted an intimate 40-person gathering for Hawaiian King Kalakua. Since then, State Dinners have become considerably more elaborate, with each president adding a touch of his personality to the once-staid affairs. While some are big and others small, all are considered to be the toughest ticket in town to score and often produce memorable moments as shown above.

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POTUS schedule Tuesday June 7, 2011
June 7th, 2011
08:12 AM ET

POTUS schedule Tuesday June 7, 2011

President Obama took German Chancellor Angela Merkel to dinner last in Georgetown and today he will welcome her to the White House.   Her visit includes a South Lawn arrival ceremony, an Oval office bi-lat, an East Room presser and a formal State Dinner tonight.

The full schedule is after the jump.


Topics: Daily Schedule • Germany • State Dinner • White House