Here's Mario Batali's Mouthwatering State Dinner Menu

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.

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!

First Course

Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Butter and Sage

Patina Vermentino “Santa Ynez” 2015

Salad Course

Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Frisee and Pecorino di New York

Villa Ragazzi Sangiovese “Napa” 2012

Main Course

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