On Oct. 18, Mario Batali will head over to the White House to prepare the very last state dinner of the Obama administration (can you believe they’ve been in office for eight years now?).
The black-tie soiree will be held in honor of Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini, and by the looks of the menu, Batali is serving up an incredible feast.
We were invited to the White House to preview the State Dinner being held tomorrow night in honor of the Italian Prime Minister. ???? @mariobatali is cooking alongside White House Executive Chef Cris Comerfored And Executive Pastry Chef Susan Morrison, with produce sourced from the final harvest of @michelleobama's garden! ???? Get a closer look on our Facebook pageóand yes, Mario was wearing his orange crocs. ??: @kaitlinbray
Batali, in collaboration with White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford and executive pastry chef Susan Morrison are basically capitalizing on the best of the best seasonal flavors.
What’s more, Gwen Stefani will perform a concert for the diners after they’re done enjoying their four-course meal (complete with a petit fours display).
The actual dinner is said to take place al fresco, in a tent on the White House’s South Lawn which will be completely ornate, with mirrored tables, fall floral arrangements, and chandeliers to light the experience.
Per Eater, here is the proposed menu and wine pairings slated to be served that evening. If somebody offered this meal to us, we’d sure have a hard time finding any flaws with it!
Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Butter and Sage
Patina Vermentino “Santa Ynez” 2015
Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Frisee and Pecorino di New York
Villa Ragazzi Sangiovese “Napa” 2012
Beef Braciola Pinwheel with Horseradish Gremolata and Broccoli Rabe
Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel “East Bench” 2014
Green Apple Crostata with Thyme Caramel and Buttermilk Gelato
Petit Fours Display:
Sweet Corn Cream and Blackberry Cup
Concord Grape Bittersweet Chocolate Leaf
Orange Fig Slice
Pumpkin Cranberry Tart