Let’s get the menu out of the way, so I can focus on the frock later.
In a huge disappointment, we’ll have no celebrity chef after all: No Ming Tsi, no Morimoto, no Martin Yan. Although I understand that at least Jackie Chan is still attending the dinner.
Chef Comfy is doing this on her own. And we’re going straight American. Not because that’s what Lady M wanted, butt that’s what the Chinese delegation requested.
So we’ll do our best.
State Dinner Menu In Honor of President Hu Jintao
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)
I’m sure many of our unemployed citizens will be glad to hear that this dinner is affordable.
Oh dear lord! I’ve got to go. I just saw what Lady M intends to wear.