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Here’s What’s on Mario Batali’s Menu for President Obama’s Final State Dinner


Mario Batali was tasked with developing the menu for Barack Obama’s final state dinner this Tuesday

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The pasta and beef-heavy meal this year features some of the First Lady’s favorite foods.

Tonight, Barack and Michelle Obama will host their 14th and final state dinner as the sun sets on their tenure in the White House. Chef Mario Batali has been tasked with the responsibility of designing and crafting a menu that will please the First Family, as well as the visiting foreign dignitaries from Italy.

The meal will be cooked in collaboration with White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford and executive pastry chef Susan Morrison, and the menu features some of the First Lady’s favorite foods made with mostly American ingredients, as per special request.

Here is the menu with wine pairings, as first published by Eater:

First Course

Sweet Potato Agnolotti (ravioli-like pasta) With Butter and Sage

Patina Vermentino “Santa Ynez” 2015

Salad Course

Warm Butternut Squash Salad With Frisee and Pecorino di New York

Villa Ragazzi Sangiovese “Napa” 2012

Main Course

Beef Braciola Pinwheel With Horseradish Gremolata and Broccoli Rabe

Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel “East Bench” 2014

Dessert

Green Apple Crostata With Thyme Caramel and Buttermilk Gelato

Petit Fours Display:

Sweet Corn Cream and Blackberry Cup

Concord Grape Bittersweet Chocolate Leaf

Orange Fig Slice

Pumpkin Cranberry Tart

Tiramisu


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Here's the complete menu that famed chef Mario Batali made for President Obama's final state dinner. Clearly, Batali only serves the best!

First Course: Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Butter and Sage

That sage, though. Mario Batali posted several photos on his Instagram account throughout the day, including this one showing the insane amount of sage needed for this savory first course. Batali hand folded and stuffed 2,960 (OMG) individual sweet potato agnolotti, which is essentially thin pasta stuffed with a purée of sweet potatoes. He then topped the dish with browned butter and the sage leaves pictured above.

Salad Course: Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Frisee and Peccorino di New York

According to the official menu released by the White House, Mario Batali's dinner, “…highlights the bountiful fall harvest” while featuring signature Italian meals to pay homage to the Italian Prime Minister. These elements were particularly prevalent in the salad course where Batali chose to feature butternut squash, a fall favorite, along with shaved ewe's milk from New York.

And for the main course? Beef Braciole Pinwheel with Horseradish Gremolata and Broccoli Rave, a traditional Italian dish consisting of prime tenderloin, Fontina cheese, parsley, garlic, and Panko breadcrumbs. A dinner truly fit for a king!

We're a little envious of all of the guests at President Obama's final state dinner. That sounds like one heck of a meal, and we're inspired to whip up our own budget-friendly version of this fancy meal to add a little royal flair to our dinner.


Recipe Station

Here's the complete menu that famed chef Mario Batali made for President Obama's final state dinner. Clearly, Batali only serves the best!

First Course: Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Butter and Sage

That sage, though. Mario Batali posted several photos on his Instagram account throughout the day, including this one showing the insane amount of sage needed for this savory first course. Batali hand folded and stuffed 2,960 (OMG) individual sweet potato agnolotti, which is essentially thin pasta stuffed with a purée of sweet potatoes. He then topped the dish with browned butter and the sage leaves pictured above.

Salad Course: Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Frisee and Peccorino di New York

According to the official menu released by the White House, Mario Batali's dinner, “…highlights the bountiful fall harvest” while featuring signature Italian meals to pay homage to the Italian Prime Minister. These elements were particularly prevalent in the salad course where Batali chose to feature butternut squash, a fall favorite, along with shaved ewe's milk from New York.

And for the main course? Beef Braciole Pinwheel with Horseradish Gremolata and Broccoli Rave, a traditional Italian dish consisting of prime tenderloin, Fontina cheese, parsley, garlic, and Panko breadcrumbs. A dinner truly fit for a king!

We're a little envious of all of the guests at President Obama's final state dinner. That sounds like one heck of a meal, and we're inspired to whip up our own budget-friendly version of this fancy meal to add a little royal flair to our dinner.


Recipe Station

Here's the complete menu that famed chef Mario Batali made for President Obama's final state dinner. Clearly, Batali only serves the best!

First Course: Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Butter and Sage

That sage, though. Mario Batali posted several photos on his Instagram account throughout the day, including this one showing the insane amount of sage needed for this savory first course. Batali hand folded and stuffed 2,960 (OMG) individual sweet potato agnolotti, which is essentially thin pasta stuffed with a purée of sweet potatoes. He then topped the dish with browned butter and the sage leaves pictured above.

Salad Course: Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Frisee and Peccorino di New York

According to the official menu released by the White House, Mario Batali's dinner, “…highlights the bountiful fall harvest” while featuring signature Italian meals to pay homage to the Italian Prime Minister. These elements were particularly prevalent in the salad course where Batali chose to feature butternut squash, a fall favorite, along with shaved ewe's milk from New York.

And for the main course? Beef Braciole Pinwheel with Horseradish Gremolata and Broccoli Rave, a traditional Italian dish consisting of prime tenderloin, Fontina cheese, parsley, garlic, and Panko breadcrumbs. A dinner truly fit for a king!

We're a little envious of all of the guests at President Obama's final state dinner. That sounds like one heck of a meal, and we're inspired to whip up our own budget-friendly version of this fancy meal to add a little royal flair to our dinner.


Recipe Station

Here's the complete menu that famed chef Mario Batali made for President Obama's final state dinner. Clearly, Batali only serves the best!

First Course: Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Butter and Sage

That sage, though. Mario Batali posted several photos on his Instagram account throughout the day, including this one showing the insane amount of sage needed for this savory first course. Batali hand folded and stuffed 2,960 (OMG) individual sweet potato agnolotti, which is essentially thin pasta stuffed with a purée of sweet potatoes. He then topped the dish with browned butter and the sage leaves pictured above.

Salad Course: Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Frisee and Peccorino di New York

According to the official menu released by the White House, Mario Batali's dinner, “…highlights the bountiful fall harvest” while featuring signature Italian meals to pay homage to the Italian Prime Minister. These elements were particularly prevalent in the salad course where Batali chose to feature butternut squash, a fall favorite, along with shaved ewe's milk from New York.

And for the main course? Beef Braciole Pinwheel with Horseradish Gremolata and Broccoli Rave, a traditional Italian dish consisting of prime tenderloin, Fontina cheese, parsley, garlic, and Panko breadcrumbs. A dinner truly fit for a king!

We're a little envious of all of the guests at President Obama's final state dinner. That sounds like one heck of a meal, and we're inspired to whip up our own budget-friendly version of this fancy meal to add a little royal flair to our dinner.


Recipe Station

Here's the complete menu that famed chef Mario Batali made for President Obama's final state dinner. Clearly, Batali only serves the best!

First Course: Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Butter and Sage

That sage, though. Mario Batali posted several photos on his Instagram account throughout the day, including this one showing the insane amount of sage needed for this savory first course. Batali hand folded and stuffed 2,960 (OMG) individual sweet potato agnolotti, which is essentially thin pasta stuffed with a purée of sweet potatoes. He then topped the dish with browned butter and the sage leaves pictured above.

Salad Course: Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Frisee and Peccorino di New York

According to the official menu released by the White House, Mario Batali's dinner, “…highlights the bountiful fall harvest” while featuring signature Italian meals to pay homage to the Italian Prime Minister. These elements were particularly prevalent in the salad course where Batali chose to feature butternut squash, a fall favorite, along with shaved ewe's milk from New York.

And for the main course? Beef Braciole Pinwheel with Horseradish Gremolata and Broccoli Rave, a traditional Italian dish consisting of prime tenderloin, Fontina cheese, parsley, garlic, and Panko breadcrumbs. A dinner truly fit for a king!

We're a little envious of all of the guests at President Obama's final state dinner. That sounds like one heck of a meal, and we're inspired to whip up our own budget-friendly version of this fancy meal to add a little royal flair to our dinner.


Recipe Station

Here's the complete menu that famed chef Mario Batali made for President Obama's final state dinner. Clearly, Batali only serves the best!

First Course: Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Butter and Sage

That sage, though. Mario Batali posted several photos on his Instagram account throughout the day, including this one showing the insane amount of sage needed for this savory first course. Batali hand folded and stuffed 2,960 (OMG) individual sweet potato agnolotti, which is essentially thin pasta stuffed with a purée of sweet potatoes. He then topped the dish with browned butter and the sage leaves pictured above.

Salad Course: Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Frisee and Peccorino di New York

According to the official menu released by the White House, Mario Batali's dinner, “…highlights the bountiful fall harvest” while featuring signature Italian meals to pay homage to the Italian Prime Minister. These elements were particularly prevalent in the salad course where Batali chose to feature butternut squash, a fall favorite, along with shaved ewe's milk from New York.

And for the main course? Beef Braciole Pinwheel with Horseradish Gremolata and Broccoli Rave, a traditional Italian dish consisting of prime tenderloin, Fontina cheese, parsley, garlic, and Panko breadcrumbs. A dinner truly fit for a king!

We're a little envious of all of the guests at President Obama's final state dinner. That sounds like one heck of a meal, and we're inspired to whip up our own budget-friendly version of this fancy meal to add a little royal flair to our dinner.


Recipe Station

Here's the complete menu that famed chef Mario Batali made for President Obama's final state dinner. Clearly, Batali only serves the best!

First Course: Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Butter and Sage

That sage, though. Mario Batali posted several photos on his Instagram account throughout the day, including this one showing the insane amount of sage needed for this savory first course. Batali hand folded and stuffed 2,960 (OMG) individual sweet potato agnolotti, which is essentially thin pasta stuffed with a purée of sweet potatoes. He then topped the dish with browned butter and the sage leaves pictured above.

Salad Course: Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Frisee and Peccorino di New York

According to the official menu released by the White House, Mario Batali's dinner, “…highlights the bountiful fall harvest” while featuring signature Italian meals to pay homage to the Italian Prime Minister. These elements were particularly prevalent in the salad course where Batali chose to feature butternut squash, a fall favorite, along with shaved ewe's milk from New York.

And for the main course? Beef Braciole Pinwheel with Horseradish Gremolata and Broccoli Rave, a traditional Italian dish consisting of prime tenderloin, Fontina cheese, parsley, garlic, and Panko breadcrumbs. A dinner truly fit for a king!

We're a little envious of all of the guests at President Obama's final state dinner. That sounds like one heck of a meal, and we're inspired to whip up our own budget-friendly version of this fancy meal to add a little royal flair to our dinner.


Recipe Station

Here's the complete menu that famed chef Mario Batali made for President Obama's final state dinner. Clearly, Batali only serves the best!

First Course: Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Butter and Sage

That sage, though. Mario Batali posted several photos on his Instagram account throughout the day, including this one showing the insane amount of sage needed for this savory first course. Batali hand folded and stuffed 2,960 (OMG) individual sweet potato agnolotti, which is essentially thin pasta stuffed with a purée of sweet potatoes. He then topped the dish with browned butter and the sage leaves pictured above.

Salad Course: Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Frisee and Peccorino di New York

According to the official menu released by the White House, Mario Batali's dinner, “…highlights the bountiful fall harvest” while featuring signature Italian meals to pay homage to the Italian Prime Minister. These elements were particularly prevalent in the salad course where Batali chose to feature butternut squash, a fall favorite, along with shaved ewe's milk from New York.

And for the main course? Beef Braciole Pinwheel with Horseradish Gremolata and Broccoli Rave, a traditional Italian dish consisting of prime tenderloin, Fontina cheese, parsley, garlic, and Panko breadcrumbs. A dinner truly fit for a king!

We're a little envious of all of the guests at President Obama's final state dinner. That sounds like one heck of a meal, and we're inspired to whip up our own budget-friendly version of this fancy meal to add a little royal flair to our dinner.


Recipe Station

Here's the complete menu that famed chef Mario Batali made for President Obama's final state dinner. Clearly, Batali only serves the best!

First Course: Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Butter and Sage

That sage, though. Mario Batali posted several photos on his Instagram account throughout the day, including this one showing the insane amount of sage needed for this savory first course. Batali hand folded and stuffed 2,960 (OMG) individual sweet potato agnolotti, which is essentially thin pasta stuffed with a purée of sweet potatoes. He then topped the dish with browned butter and the sage leaves pictured above.

Salad Course: Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Frisee and Peccorino di New York

According to the official menu released by the White House, Mario Batali's dinner, “…highlights the bountiful fall harvest” while featuring signature Italian meals to pay homage to the Italian Prime Minister. These elements were particularly prevalent in the salad course where Batali chose to feature butternut squash, a fall favorite, along with shaved ewe's milk from New York.

And for the main course? Beef Braciole Pinwheel with Horseradish Gremolata and Broccoli Rave, a traditional Italian dish consisting of prime tenderloin, Fontina cheese, parsley, garlic, and Panko breadcrumbs. A dinner truly fit for a king!

We're a little envious of all of the guests at President Obama's final state dinner. That sounds like one heck of a meal, and we're inspired to whip up our own budget-friendly version of this fancy meal to add a little royal flair to our dinner.


Recipe Station

Here's the complete menu that famed chef Mario Batali made for President Obama's final state dinner. Clearly, Batali only serves the best!

First Course: Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Butter and Sage

That sage, though. Mario Batali posted several photos on his Instagram account throughout the day, including this one showing the insane amount of sage needed for this savory first course. Batali hand folded and stuffed 2,960 (OMG) individual sweet potato agnolotti, which is essentially thin pasta stuffed with a purée of sweet potatoes. He then topped the dish with browned butter and the sage leaves pictured above.

Salad Course: Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Frisee and Peccorino di New York

According to the official menu released by the White House, Mario Batali's dinner, “…highlights the bountiful fall harvest” while featuring signature Italian meals to pay homage to the Italian Prime Minister. These elements were particularly prevalent in the salad course where Batali chose to feature butternut squash, a fall favorite, along with shaved ewe's milk from New York.

And for the main course? Beef Braciole Pinwheel with Horseradish Gremolata and Broccoli Rave, a traditional Italian dish consisting of prime tenderloin, Fontina cheese, parsley, garlic, and Panko breadcrumbs. A dinner truly fit for a king!

We're a little envious of all of the guests at President Obama's final state dinner. That sounds like one heck of a meal, and we're inspired to whip up our own budget-friendly version of this fancy meal to add a little royal flair to our dinner.


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