Bison – It's what's for dinner!
photo credit: CNN / Emily Schultze
March 14th, 2012
01:44 PM ET

Bison – It's what's for dinner!

From the White House regarding the State Dinner menu:

The President and Mrs. Obama will host Prime Minister David Cameron and Mrs. Cameron for a State Dinner this evening. The State Dinner will be held in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House. White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford and White House Executive Pastry Chef William Yosses have carefully constructed the evening’s menu using local ingredients, including produce grown in the White House Kitchen Garden.

A Winter Harvest Dinner:  The United Kingdom State Dinner takes its inspiration from the Kitchen Garden’s late winter harvest and some early spring greens, which chefs harvested the day before the dinner. The White House Kitchen Garden uses hoop houses—simple metal frames covered by plastic tarps—to grow produce throughout the winter months. During the day, the plastic traps heat from the sun, and at night that heat protects plants from freezing temperatures. Using this method, produce thrives in the White House Kitchen Garden throughout the year.
First Course

  • Crisped Halibut with Potato Crust
  • Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Applewood Smoked Bacon

Second Course

  • Spring Garden Lettuces,
  • Shallot Dressing, Shaved Breakfast Radish,
  • Cucumbers and Avocados

Main Course

  • Bison Wellington,
  • Red Wine Reduction, French Beans, Cipollini Onion


  • Warm Meyer Lemon Steamed Pudding with Idaho Huckleberry Sauce and Newtown Pippin Apples

An American wine will be paired with each course.

The First Course, Crisped Halibut with Potato Crust, will be served on a bed of braised baby kale fresh from the White House garden, shaved Brussels sprouts and micro cabbage sprouts. A hint of applewood smoked bacon from a local smokehouse ties the dish together.
The Salad Course, Spring Garden Lettuces with Shallot Dressing and Shaved Radish, Cucumbers and Avocados, is light and crisp and includes different types of greens, which are also from the Kitchen Garden.

The Main Course, Bison Wellington, is a perfect pairing of US and UK cultures. The Wellington is a classic English dish given an
American twist with the use of buffalo tenderloin.

The dessert is Steamed Lemon Pudding, a nod to the traditional British treat. The pudding is prepared with Idaho Huckleberry Sauce to unite the British and American flavors. At the bottom of the pudding are Newtown Pippin Apples, which are believed to have been developed in Queens, New York in the early-18th century, and were grown by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Newtown Pippin Apples serve as a symbol of the American-British partnership—the apple was so favored by Queen Victoria that she had the customs duty on them eliminated.

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. amelia bedelia

    This is the reward NDSU Bison football team gets for winning the national title? Being turned into Wellington? Oh, the humanity.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  2. Howard


    March 14, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  3. Church

    What! Are there no Trolls out there to bash Obama for eating?

    March 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Lizzie

      No we do as we're told eat our peas.

      March 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
      • ritmocojo

        Wow! A trollette! How refreshing!

        March 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • Terry

      I love Bison. I also find it sadly ironic that Obama, who wants to grow the bloated federal government so much, wants to serve the animal its predecessor in the 1880s tried to exterminate in order to crush the native American Indian population.

      March 15, 2012 at 2:26 am |
  4. jerry

    NO! He can eat all he wishes...and then back to chicago where he belongs. hahaha

    March 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  5. Sponge-Bob

    Third fluff piece in a row from CNN. Who cares what Obama eats? After he's had his fill and enjoyed the entertainment gas will still be $4 a gallon. Only kool-aid drinkers want to hear this type of "reporting".

    March 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • Anomic Office Drone

      Your ignorance is showing. Menus for state dinners are almost always covered by media.

      March 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
  6. dantheman

    Spongebob hasnt moved far from the pineapple HA

    March 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  7. Louisebelinda

    It is great that our President is acting presidential by entertaining the Prime Minister and other members of Great Britain. . I just wish I could be a fly on the wall.

    March 14, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  8. Obomba be gone

    First the White man devestates my ancestores food supply now their greasy president lends a hand.

    March 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  9. Arden Cogar

    When will all you people give it up on the gas prices? The gas prices are not controlled by the U.S. Government - they are established as a result of the decisions mad by the oil cartel.

    March 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • Lizzie

      So how come the democrats/liberals blamed Pres.Bush 24/7 for high prices. Remember Pelosi that's all she could talk about.

      March 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
  10. Nikki

    How many of the people, if any, are middleclass tax paying citizens?

    March 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  11. Anomic Office Drone

    I love bison and have gotten to the point where I prefer it to beef.

    March 14, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  12. judy

    good to see all the stuff coming from the w,h, garden. This way the trolls can.t complaine about the cost. Oh wait these creeps will find something. Obama 2012

    March 14, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
  13. bad2worse

    Got to suck up to the britts eh? Is obammy going to give the original 13 colonies back to britain?

    March 14, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
    • migeli

      He's giving it to Native Americans.They're going back in a time machine and throw all"your"ancesters out.

      March 15, 2012 at 12:57 am |
  14. Marlee

    No pink slime on the menu...that's for school lunches...

    March 15, 2012 at 7:49 am |
  15. Helen

    The State Dinner menus are always posted for public viewing.

    The desperation of the pathetic sheep following the Republican herd is obvious when they resort to bashing what the menu is of a state dinner. Perhaps if the Republicans spent more of their energy trying to thwart the implosion of their own party, you'd have a better chance aof changing the administration in 2012. But I suppose that's just too obvious. Stick with flailing your arms about saying nothing.

    Obama 2012!

    March 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm |