The White House State Dinner Menu Looks Incredible

02/11/2014 at 01:40 PM ET

White House State Dinner France
Courtesy The White House; Inset: Ramey

The White House is throwing a dinner party — and you’re invited!

Well, sort of. You may not have a seat at the table, but you are e-invited: White House chef Cristeta Comerford and pastry chef Bill Yosses have commandeered the White House’s Instagram feed to share an inside look at the preparations for Tuesday’s State Dinner for France given by President Barack Obama for French President François Hollande.

“Hi everyone! It’s Chef Cris Comerford and Pastry Chef Bill Yosses — we’re taking over the White House Instagram to give you a look inside the kitchen as we get ready for tomorrow’s State Dinner for France,” reads the caption on this Instagram shot. “Thanks for following along. #InsideTheWH -Cris and Bill”

Since posting that introduction Monday night, Comerford and Yosses shared several more photos of dishes and ingredients to be served at the dinner, a showcase of American cuisine for the French leader and invited guests.

“As local as you can get! We’re using honey from the White House beehive in a vinaigrette to dress a Winter Garden Salad with mixed radishes and baby carrots,” Comerford captioned this shot. “Each season the color of the honey changes. Here you can see the difference between 2012 and 2013. 🐝 #InsideTheWH -Cris” (Nice bee emoji, Chef!)

The chef then gives us a peek at the salad, with more buzz about the honey: “Here’s a first look at the Winter Garden Salad that we’re serving at tomorrow’s State Dinner. The salad features herbs from the White House Kitchen Garden, and the dressing uses honey from the beehive on the South Lawn.”

Are these Twinkies? No: “We’re using a paint sprayer (previously unused of course) to give a micro-thin layer of chocolate over soft and creamy ganache cake,” Yosses wrote under this sweet shot. The bittersweet chocolate comes from Hawaii, and it will be served à la mode with vanilla ice-cream from Pennsylvania.”

But these sugary sweets take the cake: edible flowers with a nod to France. “Sugar roses and fleur-de-lis, the official flowers of the United States and France. We made 38 of each — that’s more than 1,800 petals!” reads the caption.

Yosses will serve these post-dinner with fudge made from Vermont maple syrup, lavender shortbread cookies and cotton candy sprinkled with orange zest.

White House State Dinner France
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First Lady Michelle Obama also took to Instagram to share some details of the dinner:

“Pickled veggies from the @WhiteHouse Kitchen Garden ready to be added to tomorrow night’s #StateDinner! #LetsMove #InsideTheWH,” wrote the advocate for healthy, home-grown cooking.

The First Lady couldn’t resist posting this aww-inducing shot of dogs Bo and Sunny in the State Dining Room, with the best caption ever: “Bone appetit!” Here’s what the place settings will look like sans canines:

White House State Dinner France
Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

White House State Dinner France
Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

And D.C. journalists invited to preview the dinner posted photos of the menu — which also includes domestic caviar, dry-aged rib eye beef and an all-American wine list — and, from the Washington Post, a video of the four-course meal. (Not at the preview: Mary J. Blige, who will be at the dinner to sing for President Obama and his guests.)

The White House chefs will no doubt be posting more as the day continues. Follow the White House on Instagram or search the hashtag #InsidetheWH to follow along. Now, if only we could buy some of that honey…

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bh on

Guess I will just reheat my leftovers from Wendy’s. Sigh!

Roseann on

How wonderful that our President and First Lady are throwing yet another dinner party while people are struggling to get food on the table. Reminds me of another ruling family with the same mentality…”Let them eat cake!”

Anonymous on

Why are those dogs sitting at a table. Gross

anonymous on

Oh Roseann give me a break!

an opinion on

Roseann,
So unfair. This White House couple infrequently lavishly entertains. Diplomacy is done on a number of fronts. Do you expect us as a nation to never entertain visitors to our country? Especially a strong ally such as France? Be realistic…and welcoming!

givemeabreak on

For everyone complaining that they are having this dinner while people are starving…Every president has done it and GW Bush is the reason the country is in the tanker …. So shudupaboudeet

Moose on

Why does the government take our money and use it to have fancy parties and go on expensive trips? I don’t think tax dollars of hard working Americans was ever intended to make politicians lives wonderful while we suffer trying to buy food and propane for our homes.

joan jones on

i have an appreciation of the way the obama’s represent our country with their hospiltality, good looks and charm. kudos for them both, they do a great job, don’t listen to the bozo tea party crazies, many of us out here like your style

Truthfinder on

PUKE! This president and his regime are criminal!
Can’t wait until our NATIONAL NIGHTMARE IS OVER AND THEY ARE GONE FOR GOOD! Worst Ever!

Final Opinion on

Roseann, you wear the word “Jealousy” around your neck like a neon sign. Enjoy your Wendy’s. By the way, no heating the leftovers. Eating them cold will remind you how much your are suffering.. ABSOLUTELY NO CAKE EITHER.

Dina on

Flowers for dinner… too vegan rough for me…

Anonymous on

not appropriate when so many of us are trying to figure out how to pay bills and feed our families

luanne brenner on

They are such hypocrites and elitists, think they are celebrities with millions to burn! Hollywood trash the are, all of them DC politicians!

Carol Odevseff on

So out of touch…unless they think they are Royalty! This is fit for a King but certainly not for a President of what once were free people. We are enslaved more and more by this man each day.

Peoplemag Sux on

Obama, true warrior for middle class. I give parties like this all the time, and I am middle class…

PansyPoacher on

How many Presidents have served food at state dinners that was grown in the White House Kitchen garden? It’s really an incredibly populist — rather than elitist — thing to do. There are very few people in the U.S. who are so poor that they can’t afford to do the same thing, grow a few veggies in their yard or in a community garden. It’s incredible that there are still a few haters out there that think that entertaining in this manner is inappropriate. There’s never been a president and First Lady who didn’t have state dinners. I’m sure if the Obamas didn’t have state dinners, that would be a matter of bitter complaint, as well.

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