For tonight’s state dinner for South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Mrs. Kim Yoon-ok, the White House released details of a menu they boasted will be a “celebration of a fall harvest” — including locally-grown kale, squash and honey from the White House garden, and both Korean and American pears in the dessert.
It’s a diverse entertainment lineup too: Janelle Monáe, the high-energy R&B singer out of Atlanta will perform, as well the Ahn Trio, a classical ensemble of three Juilliard-trained Korean-American sisters.
Here’s the menu released by the White House:
First course: Butternut squash bisque, honey poached cranberries, Virginia cured ham, pumpkin seed praline, crème fraiche.
Second course: Early fall harvest salad on daikon sheets, masago rice pearl crispies, rice wine vinaigrette.
Main course; Texas Wagyu beef, orange-ginger fondue, sauteed kale, roasted kabocha squash.
Dessert: Chocolate malt devil’s food layers with pear and almond brittle.
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