White House State Dinner Guest List, Menu

The frst family honors Mexican President Felipe Calderón

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    President Barack Obama stands with Mexican President Felipe Calderon on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Wednesday, May 19, 2010. President Calderon will be attending a state dinner at the White House with President Obama later in the evening.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    The first family will be hosting a state dinner at the White House tonight in honor of Mexican President Felipe Calderón.

    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
    Citrus Vinaigrette
    Ulises Valdez Chardonnay 2007 “Russian River”

    Herb Green Ceviche of Hawaiian Opah
    Sesame-Cilantro Cracker

    Oregon Wagyu Beef in Oaxacan Black Mole
    Black Bean Tamalon and Grilled Green Beans
    Herrera Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 “Selección Rebecca”

    Choclat-Cajeta Tart
    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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