As many careful readers know, we here at the So Good HQ closely track affairs of state â€“ especially when they involve food.Â Â Regarding the current administration, we have covered Obamaâ€™s every bite from his first meal in office to his ridiculous birthday cake.Â Â Despite being in office for two years, the president hosted just his third state dinner this past Wednesday, with the guest of honor being President Hu of China.Â As you can see from the offerings below, is was very much an American meal â€“ meat/potatoes/apple pie â€“ perhaps at Huâ€™s request, since he probably wants to see what heâ€™s getting for his money.
D’Anjou Pear with Farmstead Goat Cheese Fennel, Black Walnuts, and White Balsamic
Poached Maine Lobster
Orange Glaze Carrots and Black Trumpet Mushrooms
Wine: DuMol Chardonnay “Russian River” 2008 (California)
Dry Aged Rib Eye with Buttermilk Crisp Onions
Double Stuffed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach
Wine: Quilceda Creek Cabernet “Columbia Valley” 2005 (Washington State)
Old Fashioned Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
Wine: Poet’s Leap Riesling “Botrytis” 2008 (Washington State)
Does anything on the menu surprise you?Â For me it was the double-stuffed potatoes, which Iâ€™m sure were delicious, but seem a little informal for the occasion.Â They were probably intended to be aÂ good metaphor for the American physique.