An assortment of contractors has been vetted and hired for this state occasion. The kitchen is tense with anticipation, yet calm and orderly under the direction of veteran Executive Chef, Cristeta Comerford. It's tight as a tick in the cramped quarters and everything is done in an efficiency experts dream of a manufacturing assembly line. The dessert by Bill Yosses, the WH Pastry Chef and his assistant will feature a theme and down to the most exquisite drops will be completely edible. (The Pastry team from March 2009 at the White House prepare each plate in the State Dining Room. Photo courtesy of the White House)
Here is the original post outlining protocol for the state dinner back in October.
More to come after I do my physical therapy...
11/24/09 UPDATE 1: From the Photo Spray held by FLOTUS displaying tonight's table settings on the South Lawn. The beautiful grounds and rolling green lawn seem to be a key part of the inspiration. It also is quite reminiscent of the Green Room with its silk moire in the White House where the Obama family had their official family portrait taken by Annie Libowitz.
Update 2: Michelle Obama held a luncheon for young women while featuring the protocol and precision involved in a state dinner. The luncheon was held in the State Dining Room. That Room was later used to showcase the table in a green reminiscent also of the Indian state colors of India and incredible green gems. It is off set with plum colored stemware and vibrant floral decor. (Photo courtesy of AP)
Guests run the gamut from Robin Roberts of ABC to Jeff Immelt of GE. The tent seats 400 and the entertainment includes Kurt Elling and Jennifer Holiday. In the above image they are in the Cross hall of the state floor where its customary to have your picture taken if the dinner was held inside the White House. A guest chef helped with the vegetarian menu and the dessert pears were poached in the honey made by Mrs. Obamas bees.