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Here's What Was on the Menu for Trump's First State Dinner

No, it didn't involve well-done steak
Trump State Dinner Menu
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This week, Donald Trump hosted French president Emmanuel Macron for his first state dinner since taking office. According to ABC News, Melania Trump personally oversaw preparations for the meal, which was cooked by White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford. The menu's first course included a salad (thankfully not a romaine one) with goat cheese gâteau and tomato jam, followed by rack of lamb with jambalaya and a burnt onion soubise sauce; dessert wrapped up the meal via a nectarine tart with crème fraîche ice cream.

The White House states that the courses were planned as a "showcase of the best of America’s cuisines and traditions, with nuances of French influences," while wine pairings were picked to "complement the menu and embody the historic friendship between the United States and France."

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Aside from the dinner itself, preparations for Macron's visit included decorating the White House with 1,200 branches of cherry blossoms, 2,500 stems of white sweet peas and almost 1,000 white lilacs; dinner entertainment came courtesy of the Washington National Opera.

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