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A-Listers Attend State Dinner for French President

French President Francois Hollande is being feted at a lavish White House state dinner, capping a two-day visit to firm up the nations' partnership.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, for a State Visit followed by a State Dinner. The State Dinner was held on February 11, in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House. White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford and White House Executive Pastry Chef William Yosses  created a select menu featuring delicacies from across the United States. This marked the seventh State or Official Visit of the Obama Administration. Previous visits include: India in November 2009, Mexico in May 2010, China in January 2011, Germany in June 2011, Korea in October 2011, and the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland in March 2012.

The United States and France are long-standing allies and friends who share core values of democracy, individual liberty, and the rule of law. For over two centuries, our Nations have worked together to promote these ideals, and this visit will highlight and strengthen our mutual cooperation.

The State Dinner celebrates the best of American cuisine. This event highlighted the talents of our Nation’s cheese artisans, as well as the bountiful produce grown by farmers across our country. The First Course, American Osetra Caviar, farmed from the estuaries of Illinois, is paired with quail eggs from Pennsylvania and twelve varieties of potatoes from farms in New York, Idaho, and California.

The Salad Course is petite mixed radish and baby carrots, served on a bed of merlot lettuce with a red wine vinaigrette. The Winter Garden Salad pays tribute to The First Lady’s White House Kitchen Garden. Even when covered with snow, the winter vegetables in the White House Kitchen Garden continue to thrive, and little hints of spring are already starting to sprout.

The Main Course, Dry-aged Rib Eye Beef, is sourced from a family owned farm in Greeley, Colorado and served with a Jasper Hill Farm Blue Cheese crisp from Greensborough, Vermont.
The dessert is a celebration of American traditions and produce.

The Chocolate Malted Cake is a modern version of an all-American layer cake presented in a geometric form. This dish combines bittersweet chocolate from Hawaii, tangerines from Florida, and is served à la mode with vanilla ice cream from Pennsylvania.

After dinner, guests can enjoy fudge made from Vermont maple syrup, lavender shortbread cookies, and cotton candy dusted with orange zest.

Following the dinner, The White House hosted a performance featuring Mary J. Blige. Blige is from Bronx, New York, and began her music career at the age of 18. She was the first woman and the youngest artist to be signed to Uptown Records. Over the course of two and a half decades, she has produced eight multi-platinum albums, sold over 50 million albums, and won nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards. Blige is the co-founder of the Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, which strives to empower women from all walks of life to reach their full potential.

The White House expected guest list for State Dinner
The White House expected list of attendees for State Dinner honoring French President Francois Hollande, which will be hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and held on the South Lawn of the White House. Here’s the list of scheduled attendees the White House provided:

The President and Mrs. Obama; His Excellency François Hollande, President of the French Republic; Mr. J.J. Abrams, Pacific Palisades, CA; Ms. Katie McGrath; The Honorable Stacey Abrams, House Minority Leader (Georgia); Mr. Ben Jealous; Ms. Jill Abramson, The New York Times, New York, NY; Mr. William Woodson; Mr. Charles Adams, Jr., Washington, DC; General Keith Alexander, Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, Director of the National Security Agency, and Chief of the Central Security Service; Mrs. Debbie Alexander; Mr. Peter G. Angelos, Baltimore, MD; Mrs. Georgia Angelos; Mr. Kader Arif, Minister Delegate for Veterans Affairs, French Republic; The Honorable Caroline Atkinson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs; Mr. Geoffrey Boyd Lamb; Ms. Jennifer Bado-Aleman, Gaithersburg, MD; Mr. Frank Skinner; Mr. Caleb Ballew, Huntsville, AL; Mrs. Kourtney Ballew, Huntsville, AL; Mr. Dan Barber, New York, NY; Mr. David Barber; The Honorable Karen Bass, United States Representative (California); Ms. Barbara Jordan; Mr. Terrence Bean, Portland, OR; Mr. Robert Iwasaki; The Honorable Katie Beirne Fallon, Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs; Mr. Brian Fallon; Mr. Joel Benenson, New York, NY; Mrs. Lisa Benenson, New York, NY; The Honorable Michael Bennet, United States Senator (Colorado); Ms. Susan Daggett; Mrs. Andrea Bernstein, New York, NY; Mr. Tom Bernstein; Mr. Peter Beshar, Rye, NY; Mrs. Sarah Beshar; The Honorable Steven Beshear, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky; Mrs. Jane Beshear; The Honorable Joseph Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States; Dr. Jill Biden; Mr. Robert Hunter Biden, Washington, DC; Mrs. Kathleen Biden; Ms. Mary J Blige, Saddle River, NJ; Mr. Kendu Isaacs;   The Honorable Tony Blinken, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor; The Honorable Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Joseph Blount, Miami Beach, FL; Ms. Katherine Blount; Mrs. Nicole Bricq, Minister for Foreign Trade, French Republic;  The Honorable William Burns, Deputy Secretary of State; Ms. Lisa Ann Carty; The Honorable Sylvia Burwell, Director of the Office of Management and Budget; Mr. Steve Burwell; The Honorable Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader (United States House of Representatives); The Honorable Jay Carney, Assistant to the President and Press Secretary; Ms. Claire Shipman; Mr. Jim Chanos, New York, NY; Ms. Crystal A Connors; Mr. Brian Cladoosby, LaConner, WA; Mrs. Nina Cladoosby; The Honorable James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence; Mrs. Susan Clapper; The Honorable Max Cleland, Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission; Mrs. Linda Dean; Mr. Steve Clemons, The Atlantic, Washington, DC; Mr. Andrew Oros; The Honorable David L. Cohen, Philadelphia, PA; Mrs. Rhonda Cohen; The Honorable David Cohen, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury; Mrs. Suzy Cohen; Mr. Stephen Colbert, New York, NY; Mrs. Evie Colbert;  Ms. Joanna Coles, Cosmopolitan Magazine, New York, NY; Mr. Peter Godwin; Mr. Jason Collins, Los Angeles, CA; Mr. Brunson Green;  Mr. Jean-Marie Colombani, JMC Media, French Republic;  Mr. Marcello Conviti, Carmat, French Republic; Mr. Bradley Cooper, New York, NY; Ms. Suki Waterhouse; Mr. James Crane, Houston, TX; The Honorable Danielle Crutchfield, Assistant to the President and Director of Scheduling and Advance; The Honorable Elijah Cummings, United States Representative (Maryland); Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings; Mr. Philippe Dauman, New York, NY; Mrs. Deborah Dauman; His Excellency François Delattre, Ambassador of the Republic of France to the U.S.; Mrs. Sophie L’Hélias Delattre; General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Mrs. Diane Dempsey;  Mr. Stéphane Distinguin, Cap Digital, French Republic;  Dr. Karen Donfried, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs; Mr. Alan Untereiner;  The Honorable Mike Donilon, Alexandria, VA; Mrs. Trish Donilon;  Mr. Roland Du Luart, Senator from Sarthe, President of the Franco-American Friendship Committee, French Republic; Mrs. Shefali Duggal, San Francisco, CA; Mr. Rajat Duggal; Mr. Ken Ehrlich, Westlake Village, CA; Mrs. Harriet Ehrlich; His Excellency Laurent Fabius, Minister for Foreign Affairs, French Republic; Mr. Matthias Fekl, Representative of the National Assembly, French Republic; Mrs. Genevière Fioraso, Minister for Higher Education and Research, French Republic; Mr. Ken Fisher, Rockville, MD; Mrs. Tammy Fisher; The Honorable Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation; Mrs. Samara Foxx; Mr. Ken Frazier, Whitehouse Station, NJ; Mrs. Andrea Frazier; The Honorable Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative; Ms. Nancy Goodman; The Honorable Jason Furman, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors; Ms. Eve A. Gerber, Washington, DC; Mr. Mark Gallogly, New York, NY; Ms. Elizabeth Strickler; Mr. Pierre Gattaz, President of MEDEF, French Republic; Ms. Thelma Golden, New York, NY; Mr. Duro Olowu; Mr. John Goldman, Atherton, CA; Mrs. Marcia Goldman;  Ms. Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News, New York, NY; Mr. Michael Gottlieb;  The Honorable Philip H Gordon, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region; Mrs. Rachel Gordon;  The Honorable Danielle Gray, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary; Ms. Jaunique Sealey; The Honorable Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense; Ms. Allyn Hagel; Ms. Laura G Haim, Canal Plus and I-Tele French TV, Washington, DC; Mr. Ara Aprikian; The Honorable William Haslam, Governor of the State of Tennessee; Mrs. Crissy Haslam; Mr. Samuel Heins, Wayzata, MN; Ms. Stacey Mills; Mr. Jean-Paul Herteman, Safran, French Republic; The Honorable Heather Higginbottom, Deputy Secretary of State; Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy; The Honorable Eric Holder, Jr., United States Attorney General; Dr. Sharon Malone; The Honorable John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology;       GUEST, See page 11B      Dr. Patricia Falcone, Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs; Mrs. Laura Holgate, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for WMD Terrorism and Threat Reduction; Dr. Rick Holgate;  Mr. Steve Holland, Reuters, Alexandria, VA; Mrs. Lucie Holland; Mr. Jean-Paul Huchon, Paris Region President, French Republic; Mr. Irwin Jacobs, La Jolla, CA; Mrs. Joan Jacobs; Mr. Jean-Marc Janaillac, Transdev, French Republic; The Honorable Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement;  Mr. Paul Jean-Ortiz, Diplomatic Advisor to the President, French Republic;  The Honorable Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior; The Honorable Mike Connor, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner; The Honorable Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security; Dr. Susan DiMarco; The Honorable Kevin Johnson, Mayor of the City of Sacramento; Ms. Michelle Rhee; Mr. Hubert Joly, Richfield, MN; Ms. Natalie Jones, Acting Chief of Protocol, U.S. Department of State; Justice Elena Kagan, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; Ms. Mindy Kaling, Universal City, CA; Ms. Jocelyn Leavitt; Ms. Roberta Kaplan, New York, NY; Ms. Rachel Lavine; The Honorable Cody Keenan, Assistant to the President and Director of Speechwriting; Ms. Kristen Bartoloni; The Honorable Patrick F. Kennedy, Under Secretary for Management, U.S. Department of State; Ms. M. Elizabeth Swope; The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State; The Honorable Leslie Kiernan, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President; Mr. Paul Kiernan; The Honorable Ronald Klain, Chevy Chase, MD; Ms. Monica Medina; Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund; Mrs. Anne Lauvergeon, Chairwoman of “Innovation 2030” Committee, French Republic; Mr. Jonathan Lavine, Weston, MA; Ms. Emily Lavine; Mr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, CNES, French Republic; The Honorable Patrick Leahy, President Pro Tempore (United States Senate); Mrs. Marcelle Leahy; Mr. Frédéric Lefebvre, Representative of the National Assembly, French Republic; Ms. Corine Lesnes, Le Monde, Paris, France; Mr. John Ruddy; The Honorable Jack Lew, Secretary of the Treasury; Dr. Ruth Schwartz; Dr. Tara Leweling, Director for NATO and European Affairs, National Security Council Staff; Mr. Harun Dogo; Ms. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mt. Kisco, NY; Mr. William Louis-Dreyfus; Mr. Emmanuel Macron, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, French Republic; Ms. Kathy Manning, Greensboro, NC; Mr. Randall Kaplan; The Honorable Alyssa Mastromonaco, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations; The Honorable Denis McDonough, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff; Mrs. Kari McDonough; Mr. Cappy McGarr, Dallas, TX; Mrs. Janie McGarr; Mr. Raymond McGuire, New York, NY; Ms. Crystal McCrary; The Honorable Brian McKeon, Deputy Assistant to the President, and Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff for the National Security Council Staff; Ms. Lizabeth Tankersley;  Mr. Eliseo Medina, La Canada-Flintridge, CA; Ms. Arcelia Rocio Saenz;  Ms. Constance Milstein, Washington, DC; Mr. Jehan Christophe de la Haye St. Hilaire;  Ms. Nicola Miner, San Francisco, CA; Mr. Robert Mailer Anderson; The Honorable Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Deputy National Security Advisor; Mr. Mark Monaco; The Honorable Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy; Mrs. Naomi Moniz; Mr. Bobby Monks, Portland, ME; Mr. Arnaud Montebourg, Minister for Industrial Renewal, French Republic; Mr. Aquilino Morelle, Political Advisor to the President, French Republic; Mr. Pierre Moscovici, Minister for Economy and Finance, French Republic; Mr. Bruce Mosler, New York, NY; Mr. Willard Freeman; The Honorable Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council Mr. Amit A. Pandya; Mr. Elon Musk, Los Angeles, CA; Mrs. Talulah Musk; Mr. Pierre Nanterme, Accenture, French Republic; Ms. Karen Narasaki, Washington, DC; Mr. Vivek Malhotra;  The Honorable Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Robert Kagan; The Honorable Michael Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia; Mrs. Lisa Nutter; Mr. Kevin F. O’Malley, St. Louis, MO; Mrs. Dena O’Malley; Ms. Julie Pace, Associated Press, Washington, DC; Mr. Michael Ferenczy;  The Honorable Jennifer Palmieri, Assistant to the President and Communications Director; Mr. James Lyons; Mrs. Fleur Pellerin, Minister Delegate for SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy, French Republic; The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader (United States House of Representatives); Mrs. Jacqueline Kenneally; Mr. Fabien Penone, Deputy Diplomatic Advisor to the President, French Republic; Mr. Guillaume Pepy, SNCF, French Republic; The Honorable Tom Perez, Secretary of Labor; Ms. Ann Marie Staudenmaier; The Honorable Dan Pfeiffer, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor; Mr. Richard Plepler, New York, NY; Mrs. Lisa Plepler; The Honorable John Podesta, Counselor to the President; Mrs. Mary Podesta; The Honorable Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative the United Nations; Mr. Cass Sunstein; The Honorable Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce; Mr. Nicholas Pritzker; General Benoît Puga, Military Advisor to the President, French Republic; Mr. Tangi Quéméner, Agence France-Presse, Bethesda, MD; Ms. Anne Porquet; Ms. Azita Raji, Tiburon, CA; Mr. Gary Syman; The Honorable Stephanie C Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of the City of Baltimore; Mr. Kent Blake; The Honorable Ben Rhodes, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting; Ms. Ann Norris; The Honorable Steven Ricchetti, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President; Mrs. Amy Ricchetti; The Honorable Susan Rice, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor; Mr. Ian Cameron; Mrs. Claudine Ripert-Landler, Press Advisor, French Republic; Mr. Charles H Rivkin, Washington, DC; Ms. Susan Tolson; Mrs. Rachel Robinson, New York, NY; Mr. Norman Siegel; The Honorable Harold Rogers, United States Representative (Kentucky); Mr. James Roosevelt, Jr., Cambridge, MA; Mrs. Ann Roosevelt; Mrs. Laura Ross, New York, NY; Mr. James Ross; Mr. Alain Rousset, Aquitaine Region President, French Republic; The Honorable Edward Randall Royce, United States Representative (California); Mrs. Marie Royce, Washington, DC;  The Honorable Kathy Ruemmler, Assistant to the President and Counsel to the President, Washington, DC; Ms. Margaret-Angèle Russell, New York, NY; Mr. Robert Kaplan; The Honorable Paul Ryan, United States Representative (Wisconsin); Mrs. Janna Ryan; Mr. Lee Saunders, Washington, DC; Mrs. Lynne Saunders; Mrs. Barbara Schmidt, Boca Raton, FL; Mr. Richard Schmidt; The Honorable Charles Schumer, United States Senator (New York); Ms. Iris Weinshall; Mr. Pete Selleck, Greenville, SC; Mrs. Nancy Selleck; The Honorable Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., Counselor to the Secretary of State; Mrs. Maria Shannon; Reverend Alfred Sharpton, New York, NY; Ms. Aisha I. McShaw; Mrs. Beth Shaw, New York, NY; Ms. Rebecca Shaw; The Honorable Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Bruce Stokes; The Honorable Liz Sherwood-Randall, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for Defense Policy, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Arms Control; Dr. Jeffrey Randall; The Honorable Peter Shumlin, Governor of the State of Vermont; Ms. Sarah Schmidt; The Honorable David Simas, Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor for Communications and Strategy; Ms. Shauna McCarty; Ms. Liz Simons, Atherton, CA; Mr. Mark Heising; Mrs. Sarah Smiley, Bangor, ME; Commander Dustin Smiley; Mr. Chuck Smith, Jr., Winnetka, IL; Mrs. Melissa Smith; Mr. Keith Smith, Ashland, VA; Mr. Burton Smith; Mr. Michael Smith, Los Angeles, CA; Ms. Natalie Massenet; Ms. Kim Snow, Thorton, PA; Mr. James Snow; Mr. Kenneth Solomon, Pacific Palisades, CA; Mrs. Melissa Solomon; Mr. Arne Sorenson, Bethesda, MD; Mrs. Ruth Sorenson; The Honorable Gene Sperling, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council; Mr. Rick Sperling; Ms. Alexandra Stanton, New York, NY; Ms. Domna Stanton; Mr. Laurent Stefanini, Chief of Protocol, French Republic; Mr. Randall Stephenson, Dallas, TX; Mrs. Lenise Stephenson; Mr. David Stern, New York, NY; Mrs. Dianne Stern; The Honorable Todd Stern, United States Special Envoy for Climate Change; Ms. Jennifer Klein; Mrs. Jane Stetson, Norwich, VT; Mr. Bill Stetson III; Mr. Mark Taplin, Charge d’Affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France; Ms. Kathy Kavalec;  The Honorable Tina Tchen, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady; Mr. Benoit Thieulin, Digital National Committee President, French Republic; Mr. Andrew Tobias, New York, NY; Ms. Marie Brenner; Ms. Cicely Tyson, New York, NY; Mr. Reginald Austin Henry; The Honorable David Wade, Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State; Ms. Elizabeth Alexander; The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz, United States Representative (Florida); Mr. Steven Schultz; Mr. Frank White, Jr., Washington, DC; Mr. William Kirk; Ms. Edith Windsor, New York, NY; Ms. Julie Milligan; Mr. Richard Winter, Auriga USA; Mrs. Alexandra Winter; Mr. Jeff Zucker, CNN, New York, NY; Mrs. Caryn Zucker

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