Thursday, October 13, 2011


Rain Rain Go Away!
The President and Mrs Obama welcomed South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Mrs. Kim Yoon-ok to the White House for a State Dinner .
The downpours nor the tornado watch could dampen the spirits!

Michelle Obama selected a deep purple one-shouldered dress by Korean-American designer Doo-Ri Chung.
From the Washington Post, Mr.Doo-Ri talks about being 
the First Lady's choice,
the Korean First Lady in a lovely
traditional HANBOK

The overall theme of the dinner for 200+
was a celebration 
of the Fall Harvest

The rain soaked guests arriving 
full guest list

The dinner was held in the East Room of the White House,
the Clinton China was used.
Mixed center pieces on the tables, 
some with Korean red vases

Autumn center pieces of apples and dahlias
which could have come straight out of our back yard!


First course: Butternut squash bisque, honey poached cranberries, Virginia cured ham, pumpkin seed praline, crème fraiche.
( squash, honey and herbs from the White House garden )

Second course: Early fall harvest salad on daikon sheets, masago rice pearl crispies, rice wine vinaigrette.
(Korean styled salad)

Main course; Texas Wagyu beef, orange-ginger fondue, sauteed kale, roasted kabocha squash.
( this reads like such a beautiful plate, but we never ever get to see photos of the food at these state dinners, which I would LOVE to see, kale from the White House garden )

Dessert: Chocolate malt devil’s food layers with pear and almond brittle.
(made with Korean and American Pears )
American wines.

The press viewing the head
table in the afternoon

To the right of Mrs. Obama was Alan Mullaly, the President of Ford, and across from her was Hollywood Producer Bruce Cohen who worked with the First Lady on her Military Families project and HIS HUSBAND, Gabriel. Mrs.Obama has had a gay couple at the head table at all of her State Dinners, I think.. I know of at least three of the five.....


Atlanta's own, the always wonderful
and fun
Janelle Monae 
Ahn Trio,
a classical ensemble of three
 Juilliard-trained Korean-American sisters.

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