Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Menu and Guests for U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit White House Dinner

Singer-composer Lionel Richie was the headline entertainer at the White House Tuesday night, August 5. Some four dozen African heads of state and government were guests of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

In addition to the African guests, the dinner was attended by Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote (ranked as Africa's richest man), New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon,and New York Congressman Gregory Meeks, among others.

What was in the meal they served? The wines were from California and Virginia while the food had an Africa-infused theme:

Chilled Spiced Tomato Soup
Socca Crisps
Coriander Oil and Micro Cilantro
Black Coyote Sauvignon Blanc “NAPA Valley” 2013

Chopped Farmstand Vegetable Salad
Soured Cream Dressing
Crispy Onions
Pumpkinseed Vinaigrette

Grilled Dry-Aged Beef
Chermoula and Crispy Plantains
Braised Summer Greens
Sweet Potatoes
Coconut Milk
Vision Cellars Pinot Noir “Las Alturas” 2010

Cappuccino Fudge Cake
Madagascar Vanilla Scented Papaya
Salted Caramel Sauce
Thibaut- Janisson Brut “Monticello” N/V

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