200 lobsters, American wine and cheese: all the details on Bidens’ state dinner for France

Two hundred live lobsters arrived at the White House on Tuesday. Tomorrow night they will be dinner.

The crustaceans from Maine will be the main course in Thursday’s state dinner, which is starring some of the best cuisine America has to offer, including three-award winning cheeses and wines from Napa Valley.

Yes President Emmanuel Macron of France will be toasted with sparking wine (not champagne – which is only from the Champagne region of France) when President Joe Biden hosts the first state dinner of his administration.

First Lady Jill Biden picked the wine so hopefully he likes Brut Rosé.

Macron began his trip with a undiplomatic shot at the American president. A reporter for Agence France-Presse heard the French president complain that Biden’s industrial subsidies are ‘super aggressive’ against French competitors.

‘This is super aggressive for our business people,’ he was heard telling members of Congress and business leaders at a lunch on Wednesday. He was referring to Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, which will give billions to US-based manufacturers.

It may be one of the many issues Macron brings up on Thursday, when he arrives at the White House for his one-on-one meeting with Biden. The two leaders will also host a joint press conference before sitting down with their spouses to clink glasses to the Franco-American relationship.

First lady Jill Biden revealed menu and place settings for Thursday’s state dinner

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron will be feted by the Bidens in a glass pavilion on the South Lawn of the White House

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron will be feted by the Bidens in a glass pavilion on the South Lawn of the White House

The table settings are a nod to the colors in the French and American flags - red, white and blue

The table settings are a nod to the colors in the French and American flags – red, white and blue

White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford (left) and White House Executive Pastry Chef Susie Morrison (right) show off the plates of food that will be served at the state dinner

White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford (left) and White House Executive Pastry Chef Susie Morrison (right) show off the plates of food that will be served at the state dinner

Menu for Thursday’s State Dinner 

Main Course: 

Butter Poached Maine Lobster

American Osetra Caviar

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