The White House has released details of tonight's state dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao.
American artist and naturalist John James Audubon is the inspiration for the decor, which also included nods to elements of Chinese culture. Yellow, China's national color, is incorporated throughout the design.
Pheasant, a native bird of China, is used as the linen motif, and feathers and berries were incorporated in the floral arrangements.
Entertainment is to include performances by Chris Botti, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock, Lang Lang, and Dianne Reeves, with music provided by the Thelonious Monk Institute.
In keeping with the theme of the dinner, guests will be served a "quintessentially American" meal, according to First Lady Michelle Obama's office.
The first course, a D'Anjou pear salad with farmstead goat cheese, fennel, black walnuts and white balsamic, will be followed by a course of poached Maine lobster, accompanied by a canape of fresh fish including shrimp from Ipswich Bay, Mass., and smoked rainbow trout from Idaho, with orange glaze carrots and black trumpet mushrooms.
The lobster course will be paired with a 2008 "Russian River" Dumol Chardonnay. That will be followed by a lemon sorbet.
The main course is a dry aged ribeye with buttermilk crisp onions, double-stuffed potatoes and creamed spinach, paired with a 2005 "Columbia Valley" Quilceda Creek Cabernet, a "top-ranking vintage from Washington state."
For dessert, guests will be served old-fashioned apple pie with vanilla ice cream. The dessert will also feature honey that was harvested last summer from the White House grounds and will be paired with a 2008 "Botrytis" Poet's Leap Riesling. The White House Kitchen Garden supplied thyme, rosemary and sage used for sauce reductions and other elements of the meal.
Other elements of the meal came from The Chef's Garden, a family-run business based in Huron, Ohio.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times