JANUARY 11, 2011 | 8:38 PM BY ADMIN


 A friend sent me this quote by Franklin Roosevelt. He said “If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world in peace’.  This seems so appropriate for what we are witnessing these day. 


The reason I brought this up is because it’s the reason we have state dinners or just business entertaining or a cozy dinner at home with a few friends. There is nothing better than breaking bread for whatever reason, but to create a fine meal is the most comforting jester at the end of a tiring day.

Lets take a White House State dinner in honor of someone who has never seen eye to eye with America, but special circumstances prevail. An invasion if you will or a decent sort of man who really wants to help his people but can not do it alone.

The first step is a request through our State Department. Once the secretary of state receives it he or she will make an effort to travel to the country in question.  After a series of talks and the Sec. Feels both countries are on the same page he or she extends an invitation from the President of the United States. Since there is no embassy in our country the Head of State arrives and is taken to Blair House. Blair house is the President’s official guest house and is next door to the White House. The next day after a good nights rest he is taken to the Oval Office where he and our President pose for a photo session then spend a few hours getting to know each other and discuss the issues.

He is then presented to America with all the pomp and circumstance afforded a head of state. This usually takes place in the rose garden. The ‘Presidents Own’ or as we know it the Fife and Drum Corps or the Marine Corps band plat the national anthems of both nations. Both leaders speak and then there are photo ops and questions from the press. Usually that evening a state dinner is prepared and served.

Now you must realize there is a lot more that goes into this than what I’ve said above and I will continue “The making  of a State Dinner’  in the next blog.

Goodbye for now and oh yes if you have questions or additions please contact me at chefhanny@secretsfromthewhitehousekitchens.com