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Here's what's on the menu for the state dinner

(Agencies/chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2015-09-25 09:21 Comments

Here's what's on the menu for the state dinner

The dessert called "a stroll through the garden" composed of handmade chocolate pavilion and bridge, pulled sugar roses, and white lotus flowers, that symbolize good fortune, is shown during a preview in the State Dining Room of White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept 24, 2015, for the state dinner of the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping. [Photo/IC]

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Chinese-American chef Anita Lo will work with Comerford and her staff to prepare the menu, which the White House said is inspired by autumn and highlights "American cuisine with nuances of Chinese flavors."

That translates into wild mushroom soup paired with Shaoxing rice wine, lobster, and grilled cannon of Colorado lamb served with cubes of tempura-fried panna cotta. Dessert will be poppy seed bread and butter pudding with Meyer lemon curd and lychee sorbet. Each table will also share a communal dessert plate that pays tribute to gardens and consists of a handmade chocolate pavilion and bridge, sugar roses and miniature pastries.

Desiree Rogers, a former social secretary for Obama who planned more than 300 events, including a state dinner for the Indian prime minister, said the goal is to "make it just as, if not more enjoyable, than the last time for the group."

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