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Today's Luncheon Menu IHO QE II and Company (in case you didn't get an invite):

THE WHITE HOUSE

OFFICE OF THE FIRST LADY

For Immediate Release May 7, 2007

MENU FOR THE LUNCHEON IN HONOR OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH

Wild Asparagus Velouté

Chive Oil

Heirloom Tomato Fondue

Seared Baby Sea Bass

Ramp-Vermouth Sauce

Lemony Risotto

Ruby Red Grapefruit Fillets,

Jicama and Florida Avocados

Citrus Dressing

"Spring Garden"

Raspberry Meringue

Dark Chocolate Sorbet

Mint Granita

DuMOL Chardonnay "Isobel" 2004

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Today's Luncheon Menu IHO QE II and Company (in case you didn't get an invite):
Wild Asparagus Velouté
Not meant to be snarky, is there wild asparagus around here? Where might we forage?
Heirloom Tomato Fondue
Hardly seasonal...
Seared Baby Sea Bass
I also found this interesting, but was thinking about our concerns about sustainability. Maybe now that their parents are endangered, it's okay to round them up and club the babies like seals...
Ramp-Vermouth Sauce
You will be amused to know that the New Mex Ave Balducci's has ramps for $14.99/pound. Fifteen bucks for something that looks (and tastes, at least to me) like something growing by the side of the road. ;)
Lemony Risotto
As opposed to lemon :blink: I guess this proves that we Yanks can make literary allusions too.
Ruby Red Grapefruit Fillets,
Also known as sections...
Jicama and Florida Avocados
Hass are better than FL avocadoes, no?

Finally, I wonder if ramps cause bad breath. There's supposed to be a list somewhere of the foods Queen Elizabeth II specifically declines to eat at state functions, such as garlic (due to ill effects). I thought brightly colored things that might cause stains (e.g. raspberry coulis) were also a problem.

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I wonder if QE2 ever yearns for a simpler time. And I'm surprised that W., with his well-known dislike of formal events (apparently he is most displeased over tonight's dinner being white tie), didn't lobby Laura for something like this, as well:

MENU FOR PICNIC AT HYDE PARK

Sunday, June 11, 1939

Virginia Ham

Hot Dogs (if weather permits)

Smoked Turkey

Cranberry Jelly

Green Salad

Rolls

After two days in Washington, the tone of the royal couple's visit transformed from formal to informal as they accompanied the Roosevelts to their home in Hyde Park, New York. The King and Queen's stay in Hyde Park illustrated to the American people that although they were Royalty, they also enjoyed the simpler things in life. In contrast to the formal State Dinner at the White House, dinner at the Roosevelt's Home "Springwood" was described to the press as a casual dinner between the two families; their evening entertainment was simple conversation, unfettered by formalities. Even more relaxing and informal was the following day's event - a picnic. FDR brought the couple to his new hilltop retreat - Top Cottage - on the eastern portion of his estate for an old-fashioned, American-style picnic. Much to the horror of FDR's mother Sara Roosevelt, the King and Queen of England were served hot dogs on the front porch of the cottage. Although the press made a great deal about the hotdogs (the picnic made the front page of the New York Times), the menu also included more delicate fare fit for a King and Queen.
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And Le Menu for last Night's White Tie Event:

For Immediate Release May 7, 2007

MENU FOR THE DINNER

IN HONOR OF

HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II

AND HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE PHILIP,

DUKE OF EDINBURGH

Spring Pea Soup with Fernleaf Lavender

Chive Pizzelle with American Caviar

Newton Chardonnay “Unfiltered” 2004

Dover Sole Almondine

Roasted Artichokes, Pequillo Peppers and Olives

Saddle of Spring Lamb

Chanterelle Sauce

Fricassee of Baby Vegetables

Peter Michael “Les Pavots” 2003

Arugula, Savannah Mustard

and Mint Romaine

Champagne Dressing and Trio of Farmhouse Cheeses

“Rose Blossoms”

Schramsberg Brut Rosé 2004

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And Apres:

THE WHITE HOUSE

OFFICE OF THE FIRST LADY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 7, 2007

ENTERTAINMENT AT THE STATE DINNER IN HONOR OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH

Entertainment in the East Room

ITZHAK PERLMAN

Born in Israel in 1945, Itzhak Perlman completed his initial training as a violinist at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, Israel. He came to New York and was propelled into the international arena by appearing on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Following his studies at the Juilliard School, he won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964. Since then, Mr. Perlman has appeared in countless recitals and festivals, and as a soloist with every major orchestra throughout the world. He participated in historic concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as they made their first appearances in Warsaw, Budapest, the Soviet Union, China and India. In recent years, he has delighted many audiences as a conductor as well.

Among Mr. Perlman's many awards are four Emmys and fifteen Grammys. In 2000 he received the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton, and in 2003 he was one of the Kennedy Center Honors recipients in recognition of his many distinguished achievements.

Mr. Perlman devotes considerable time to education. His most recent Emmy award was for the PBS documentary "Fiddling for the Future," a film about his work as a teacher and conductor in the Perlman Summer Music Program. At Juilliard, where he also teaches, he was awarded an honorary doctorate and a Centennial Medal on the occasion of the school's 100th commencement ceremony in May 2005.

Mr. Perlman's presence on stage, on camera, and in personal appearances of all kinds speaks eloquently and triumphantly on behalf of persons with disabilities, and his devotion to their cause is an integral part of his life.

THE U.S ARMY CHORUS

The U.S. Army Chorus was established in 1956 as the vocal counterpart of The U. S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own." From its inception, the Chorus has maintained a reputation of excellence and a broad repertoire, singing music in many genres and languages. The Chorus often performs at the White House and is a standard feature of each Presidential inaugural.

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And Le Menu for last Night's White Tie Event:

Dover Sole Almondine

Roasted Artichokes, Pequillo Peppers and Olives

I wonder if the sole survived.

BTW: Sonoma had a Dover Sole special the past two or three days. Coincidence?

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