What Was Served at the White House's Italian State Dinner
Last night’s state dinner had numerous special guests: Jerry Seinfeld; Gwen Stefani, who performed; Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi; of course, President Obama and the first lady; and a chef donning orange Crocs.
Mario Batali and his ponytail headed to D.C. this week to prepare what will likely be the last state dinner of this administration.
The menu, which Michelle Obama selected during a tasting at Babbo recently, included sweet potato ravioli with brown butter and sage from the White House’s garden.
There was also a beef braciole, broccoli rabe, and an apple crostata and plum tart for dessert.
Mangia! Tonight President Obama and First Lady @MichelleObama are hosting their final State Dinner with a dinner prepared by Guest Chef @MarioBatali in collaboration with our White House Chef that includes ingredients from the @WHKitchenGarden. On the menu: dishes including potato agnolotti and beef braciole pinwheel with broccoli rabe. ����
Dinner was set up in a grand tent on the South Lawn:
And guests were able to tour the White House’s vegetable garden:
During his remarks, the president commented: "We saved the best for last."
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