The purpose of the dinner is to promote camaraderie and friendly foreign relations, according to a White House background document.
Notable guests that will be attending the reception following the state dinner includes:
The President and First Lady Michelle Obama
President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa and Mrs. Margaria Zavala
Tom Atkin, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, NSC
Joe Baca, United States Representative
Maria Garza, President, Mexican American Council, Homestead, FL
Barbara Boxer, United States Senate
Gary Grindler, Acting Deputy Attorney General of the United States
Michael Camuñez, Special Assistant to the President, Office of Presidential Personnel
David Heyman, Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Roberta Jacobson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for North American Affairs
Sean Regan, Director, NSSS Transborder Security Policy
Francisco Sánchez, Undersecretary of Commerce
Bruce Swartz, Department of Justice
Paul Stockton, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs
David Lipton, SAP and Senior Director for International Economics
At the request of the first family, celebrity chef Rick Bayless will be the guest chef for this evening’s dinner. The final menu, created to reflect the best of American cuisine, includes:
Jicama with Oranges, Grapefruit, and Pineapple
Ulises Valdez Chardonnay 2007 “Russian River”
Herb Green Ceviche of Hawaiian Opah
Oregon Wagyu Beef in Oaxacan Black Mole
Black Bean Tamalon and Grilled Green Beans
Herrera Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 “Selección Rebecca”
Toasted Homemade Marshmellows
Graham Cracker Crumble and Goat Cheese Ice Cream
Mumm Napa “Carlos Santana Brut” N/V
Entertainment at the reception will feature performances by Beyoncé, Rodrigo y Gabriela and the President’s Own United States Marine Band.
State dinners for foreign heads of state have been held since 1874.
This is the eighth dinner honoring Mexico.
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