Here’s What’s on Mario Batali’s Menu for President Obama’s Final State Dinner

Mario Batali was tasked with developing the menu for Barack Obama’s final state dinner this Tuesday
The pasta and beef-heavy meal this year features some of the First Lady’s favorite foods.

Wikimedia Commons-State Dinner with Chinese Dignitaries/Wikimedia Commons-Mario Batali

The pasta and beef-heavy meal this year features some of the First Lady’s favorite foods.

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.[related]

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:

First Course

Sweet Potato Agnolotti (ravioli-like pasta) With Butter and Sage

Patina Vermentino “Santa Ynez” 2015

Salad Course

Warm Butternut Squash Salad With Frisee and Pecorino di New York

Villa Ragazzi Sangiovese “Napa” 2012

Main Course

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

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