White House State Dinner Guest List, Menu

The frst family honors Mexican President Felipe Calderón

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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