1. Obama State Dinner for China: January 20, 2011 from 8 Most Elaborate White House State Dinners in History Slideshow

8 Most Elaborate White House State Dinners in History Slideshow

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1. Obama State Dinner for China: January 20, 2011

Dressed in a flaming red Alexander McQueen dress, first lady Michelle Obama pulled out all the stops for this 2011 Obama State Dinner in honor of Chinese President Hu Jintao. An all-American menu featuring dishes like D ’Anjou pear salad with fresh goat cheese, poached Maine lobster, and dry-aged rib-eye with buttermilk-crisped onions was served on gold-rimmed plates. One of the first lady’s favorite sweets was served for dessert — pastry chef Bill Yosses’ classic, old-fashioned apple pie à la mode.