What’s on the White House state dinner menu for France’s Macron? Lobster, beef and world’s best cheese

what’s on the white house state dinner menu for france’s macron? lobster, beef and world’s best cheese

From Maine lobster to California wines, President Joe Biden will showcase the flavours of America at a state dinner on Thursday for French President Emmanuel Macron.

Biden and his wife, Jill, and Macron and his wife, Brigitte, are to gather with their hundreds of guests in a pavilion set up on the South Lawn of the White House for the centrepiece event of the first state visit hosted by Biden since he took office in early 2021.

A state dinner is a high diplomatic honour that the United States reserves for its closest allies.

Thursday’s menu will feature some American specialities, butter poached lobster from Maine, American Osetra caviar, and beef and potatoes.

The menu will also include a cheese course highlighted by Oregon’s Rogue River Blue, the first US cheese to ever win the World Cheese Awards, according to White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford.

All this will be washed down by wines from California – Newton “Unfiltered” Chardonnay and Anakota “Knights Valley” cabernet sauvignon, along with a California sparkling wine with French roots, Roederer Estate Brut Rose.

The dessert will include Orange chiffon cake and roasted pears with citrus sauce along with “crème fraîche ice cream”.

what’s on the white house state dinner menu for france’s macron? lobster, beef and world’s best cheese

A selection of cheeses and dessert. Photo: AFP

Serving American-made wine to official French visitors is not original to Biden.

Donald Trump served Macron a “Domaine Serene” Chardonnay from Oregon, grown from plants from Dijon, France, and an Oregon Pinot Noir from the “Domaine Drouhin” winery that traces its roots to Burgundy in the 1880s.

Barack Obama served French President Francois Hollande a Chardonnay from a Virginia’s Thibaut-Janisson Winery, founded by two French natives

Additional reporting by Associated Press and Bloomberg

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