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Tonight, Barack and Michelle Obama will host their 14th and final state dinner as the sun sets on their tenure in the White House. Chef Mario Batali has been tasked with the responsibility of designing and crafting a menu that will please the First Family, as well as the visiting foreign dignitaries from Italy.
The meal will be cooked in collaboration with White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford and executive pastry chef Susan Morrison, and the menu features some of the First Lady’s favorite foods made with mostly American ingredients, as per special request.
Here is the menu with wine pairings, as first published by Eater:
Sweet Potato Agnolotti (ravioli-like pasta) With Butter and Sage
Patina Vermentino “Santa Ynez” 2015
Warm Butternut Squash Salad With Frisee and Pecorino di New York
Villa Ragazzi Sangiovese “Napa” 2012
Beef Braciola Pinwheel With Horseradish Gremolata and Broccoli Rabe
Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel “East Bench” 2014
Green Apple Crostata With Thyme Caramel and Buttermilk Gelato
Petit Fours Display:
Sweet Corn Cream and Blackberry Cup
Concord Grape Bittersweet Chocolate Leaf
Orange Fig Slice
Pumpkin Cranberry Tart