A table setting for tonight’s state dinner. (By Marvin Joseph/ The Washington Post)

It’s the first spring harvest from the White House garden, so all courses include annual and perennial herbs grown right there at the executive mansion.

First course: chopped salad with a vinaigrette made from White House honey and cider vinegar.

Next: a tuna tartare (from Hawaii) with carrots, spring peas, shaved ham and gingersnaps.

Main course: a petite filet and Maryland blue crab ravioli, and (in a nod to the guest of honor) dessert is an apple strudel. American wines will be served with each course.

The white, modern table settings were inspired by the German Bauhaus school of design: White sequined tablecloths covered with the Bush china; glass candle holders with white candles, flowers in pale greens and yellows.

The National Symphony Orchestra and pianist George Li will perform after dinner — and then, for a change of pace, James Taylor and his band.

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