On Tuesday, Oct. 18, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are hosting the prime minster of Italy, Matteo Renzi, and his wife, Agnese Landini, for what is likely their final state dinner. Naturally, the occasion requires a very special menu — one that Italian cooking titan Mario Batali is especially equipped cook.
According to the White House website, the theme of the dinner is “America’s Bountiful Harvest,” and the multi-course meal will feature the best of American produce prepared with Italian flair. When guests enter the dining room, they’ll nibble on passed canapes made “with ingredients from Mrs. Obama’s final harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden.”
The first course is sweet potato agnolotti with butter and sage, which is then followed by a very Michelle-ian salad: warm butternut squash with frisée and Pecorino cheese. For the main course, guests will feast on a beef braciole pinwheel with horseradish gremolata and broccoli rabe, and then the dinner finishes with green apple crostata with thyme caramel and buttermilk gelato. (Of course, every course has its appropriate wine pairing. The Italian Prime Minister is coming over, after all.)
Batali has been posting photos of his whirlwind day at the White House, even his magical encounter with First Dogs Bo and Sunny.
The dinner, which will be held in a tent on the South Lawn, will be followed by a performance by Gwen Stefani.
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Batali has said couldn’t be more excited to cook for the Commander-in-Chief.
“In my opinion, it’s perhaps someone who will be remembered as our greatest president,” he said. “I don’t really hate any of our presidents. This just happens to be the most special one to me.”