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Comparing Ruto’s White House dinner menu with past state visits by Kibaki & Moi

Menu at Ruto’s state dinner at White House & how it compares to Kibaki & Moi's

White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford holding meals to be served at President Ruto's state dinner at the White House. Photo Credit: Jacquelyn Martin/AP
  • President William Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto to attend a state dinner hosted by US President Joe Biden
  • The menu includes Chilled Heirloom Tomato Soup, fruitwood-smoked beef short ribs, butter-poached lobster, and a decadent white chocolate basket with an impressive selection of wines
  • Comparison with Daniel arap Moi's state dinner menu: Vegetable Quiche, Red Snapper with Seafood, Fried Eggplant, Fresh Broccoli, Mixed Green Salad, Port Salut Cheese, Chocolate Mousse, and Petits Fours

President William Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto are set to be the distinguished guests at a grand state dinner hosted by US President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, May 23, 2024.

This event underscores the strengthening of diplomatic ties between Kenya and the United States.

The state dinner menu promises to be a culinary delight, showcasing a blend of exquisite dishes.

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Guests will begin with a Chilled Heirloom Tomato Soup and sourdough crisps and Arbequina olive oil.

The main course will feature a luxurious combination of fruitwood-smoked beef short ribs and butter-poached lobster, served with citrus butter, baby kale, and sweet corn purée.

The meal will conclude with a decadent white chocolate basket, filled with banana ganache, raspberries, peaches, and candied lime zest.

To complement the gourmet feast, an impressive selection of wines will be served.

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Guests will enjoy the Hartford Court Chardonnay "Four Hearts Vineyard" 2021, the St. Innocent Pinot Noir "Shea Vineyard" 2019, and the Iron Horse Classic Vintage Brut 2020.

A state dinner was held in honour of former President Mwai Kibaki during his state visit to Washington, D.C., in 2003.

The distinguished guests at the state dinner were treated to an exquisite menu, beginning with Grilled Halibut, Bay Scallop Risotto, and Lobster Sauce.

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This delicious seafood course was perfectly paired with the Shafer Chardonnay "Red Shoulder" 2001, enhancing the rich flavours of the dish.

Following the seafood starter, guests enjoyed a luxurious main course featuring a Roasted Rack of Lamb, complemented by Wild Mushrooms and Armagnac Sauce, Sweet Potato Flan, and Autumn Vegetables.

This hearty and flavorful dish was paired with Soter Pinot Noir "Beacon Hill" 1999, a fine wine that brought out the best in the lamb and its accompaniments.

To cleanse the palate, an Avocado and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Toasted Cumin Dressing was served. This fresh and vibrant salad offered a delightful contrast to the preceding courses, adding a refreshing element to the meal.

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For dessert, guests indulged in Arabica Ice Cream and Coffee Liquor Parfait, accompanied by Caramelized Banana and Pineapple.

This sweet and indulgent finale was beautifully complemented by Honig Sauvignon Blanc "Late Harvest" 2002, providing a perfect end to the culinary journey of the evening.

In 1980, the late former President Daniel arap Moi was honoured with a state dinner in Washington, D.C.

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The evening began with a delightful Vegetable Quiche, a light and savoury pastry that set the tone for the meal.

Following the quiche, guests enjoyed Red Snapper with Seafood, a dish that brought the fresh flavours of the ocean to the table, showcasing the finest in seafood cuisine.

Accompanying the main dishes were Fried Eggplant and Fresh Broccoli, providing a perfect balance of textures and flavours.

The Mixed Green Salad added a refreshing element to the meal, with its crisp and vibrant ingredients.

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For a touch of classic elegance, Port Salut Cheese was served, offering a smooth and creamy delight.

Dessert featured Chocolate Mousse and Petits Fours, small, beautifully crafted pastries that added a sweet ending to the meal.

The evening concluded with Demitasse, a small cup of strong coffee, perfect for wrapping up the culinary experience.

The menu was complemented by an exceptional selection of wines. Guests enjoyed Simi Rosé (Cabernet Sauvignon), a wine known for its vibrant and fruity notes.

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The Dry Creek (Dry Chenin Blanc) offered a crisp and refreshing flavour, while the Chardon (Blanc de Noirs) provided a sophisticated and elegant choice, enhancing the overall dining experience.

Year President Appetizers Main Courses Salads Cheese Course Desserts Beverages
2024 William Ruto Chilled Heirloom Tomato Soup with sourdough crisps and Arbequina olive oil Fruitwood-smoked beef short ribs and butter-poached lobster with citrus butter, baby kale, and sweet corn purée N/A N/A White chocolate basket with banana ganache, raspberries, peaches, and candied lime zest Hartford Court Chardonnay 'Four Hearts Vineyard' 2021, St. Innocent Pinot Noir 'Shea Vineyard' 2019, Iron Horse Classic Vintage Brut 2020
2003 Mwai Kibaki Grilled Halibut, Bay Scallop Risotto, and Lobster Sauce Roasted Rack of Lamb with Wild Mushrooms and Armagnac Sauce, Sweet Potato Flan, and Autumn Vegetables Avocado and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Toasted Cumin Dressing N/A Arabica Ice Cream and Coffee Liquor Parfait with Caramelized Banana and Pineapple Shafer Chardonnay 'Red Shoulder' 2001, Soter Pinot Noir 'Beacon Hill' 1999, Honig Sauvignon Blanc 'Late Harvest' 2002
1980 Daniel arap Moi Vegetable Quiche Red Snapper with Seafood, Fried Eggplant, and Fresh Broccoli Mixed Green Salad Port Salut Cheese Chocolate Mousse and Petits Fours Simi Rosé (Cabernet Sauvignon), Dry Creek (Dry Chenin Blanc), Chardon (Blanc de Noirs)

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