WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will host the prime minister of Canada on Thursday for the administration’s 11th state dinner.
Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, will feast on a variety of courses, and take advantage of the opportunity to discuss energy and climate change, security and the economy.
The dinner in the East Room will end a day filled with pomp and diplomacy. Trudeau will be welcomed at a formal ceremony on the South Lawn in the morning, and after talks, he and the president will hold a press conference.
Meanwhile, the two first ladies will take part in an event to promote girls’ education, part of Mrs. Obama’s Let Girls Learn campaign.
Cris Comerford, the White House executive chef, and Susie Morrison, executive pastry chef, talked about the dinner and the menu at a crowded press event Wednesday.
They described dishes that will highlight the elements of spring. Trudeau’s visit coincides with an early heat wave in the capital – temperatures are likely to hit 80 on Thursday.
Alaskan halibut casserole, salad and lamb chops will precede a dessert made to reflect the memory of winter and to celebrate the coming of spring – cake inspired by the Rocky Mountains accompanied by creamy, butterscotch ice cream and California strawberries.
The dinner will be followed by a performance by Sara Bareilles in the State Dining Room. Bareilles has received five Grammy nominations since her hit, “Love Song” in 2007.
The visit marks the first official visit by a Canadian prime minister in 19 years.
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