White House Serves Upscale Poutine at Canada State Dinner

Dinner was hosted in honor of Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau

Ingredients for the night’s menu were sourced from all over the United States.

Last night’s state dinner in honor of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau marked the first state dinner for a Canadian prime minister in 19 years. 

The menu, created by White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford, was planned with spring in mind, with nods to both American and Canadian cuisine.

Perhaps the most buzzworthy item was a poutine-inspired canapé, a “clever riff” on the popular Canadian comfort food, reports Grub Street. This elevated version featured wafer fries, smoked Hudson River duck, and a red wine gravy.

For a splash of Canadian flavor, Comerford added a drizzle of Yukon Jack Canadian whisky to the Colorado lamb served as the main dish. The dessert course featured plates of various bite-sized treats, according to CBC.


A chocolate coconut dessert was inspired by Canadian Nanaimo bars. Plates were inspired by the Rocky Mountains, and also featured white chocolate snowballs, cranberry squares, and chocolate coconut slices, all with a backdrop of a mountainous landscape.