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What Was Served at the White House's Italian State Dinner

Mario Batali, donning orange Crocs, was in the kitchen
White House State Dinner
Photo: Italy in US via Twitter

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.

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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.

 

 

400 sage leaves � #yumbang #wheeeeeestatedinner !

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There was also a beef braciole, broccoli rabe, and an apple crostata and plum tart for dessert.


Dinner was set up in a grand tent on the South Lawn:

 

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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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