Saturday, September 26, 2015

The State Dinner Menu For the President Of China

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Just a short post to share with you what I thought was a beautiful dinner at the White House last night.  Once in awhile, you have to give them some credit....

Last night, President and Mrs. Obama  hosted President Xi Jinping of China for a State Dinner at the White House. The theme of the dinner was "Autumn Feast" and I love the colors and the material they chose for the tablecloths and napkins.  Although not exactly our idea of Fall colors it was perfect for this time of the year when roses and dahlias still abound.  As to the menu, how divine.  All my favorites in one dinner, truffles, lobster and lamb! The wines were all American and for comments on the pairings check Dr. Vino, one of the wine blogs I follow.  He has written a very interesting article on the protocol followed by the White House on choosing wines for State dinners..

 Twenty two of these 100% edible Chinese inspired petit fours were placed on each table at the end of the meal

Roses were the main theme o the centerpieces, a favorite in both China and the United States

The Clinton State china, one of the few things they left behind when they left....

FLOTUS posted this on her Instagram, a first I understand.  I guess she too was very pleased.

The guests at the head table for 16:

I guess it pays to spy on the United States,,,,,and then promise you won't do it again,

As to the Pope...he got to meet Bo and Sunny.  Given a choice, I would have taken that visit.

All photos Google


  1. Welcome back. I hope you are feeling better. What a lovely feast for the President of china and something for her to be proud of. Hmm, I wonder why they didn't take that china with them...

    1. It was a pretty room, though I agree with Jim the tables were a bit overcrowded. I don't dare answer your last sentence. Not the right crowd here today!

  2. What a delight to see you in print again with your wit untamed. I am cheered each time I read your words. Thank you.
    P.S. I made your peach recipe a number of times; there were squeals of delight!

    1. Glad you appreciate the wit and see it as that. I guess that peach recipe is the gift that keeps on giving!

  3. The comment about the Clintons was uncalled for.

  4. Sorry, but I could not admire these table settings--crowded to the point of claustrophobia, and then the center part completely filled in with the flower arrangement--not a spare inch anywhere. Also, I certainly hope those were unscented roses--but then I guess that dining at the White House really isn't about food and comfort, and that the extra several people at each table would rather be crowded than uninvited.
    PS--Glad you were up to writing this post; I hope this is a good sign for the future.

    1. I do agree with that Jim. I was going to mention it but didn't have the energy. Those table for eight need to be bigger or just for six. Notice how they had to arrange the silverware. Must have been a bit tough to cut that lamb!

  5. Your snide political comments were unwelcomed. Unsubscribed!

  6. I must say, i enjoy your snide political comments. SUBSCRIBED!!!

  7. To my offended readers,

    A blog is an expression of the writers personality. I happen to have a sense of humor, say what comes to my head ,most of the time unfiltered, and don't mean to be political or religious, although I am a catholic and an independent. I haven't alluded to anything that hasn't been printed before. Sorry if I wrecked your day. Just have a drink and carry on!


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