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White House Dinner -- Hail to the Chef!

5/6/2009 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

You've heard the state of journalism is code red -- newspapers and magazines folding, TV stations going broke...well there's something in the media that's recession proof -- the menu for the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.

We got hold of it and it's gonna be a pretty damn fancy shindig at the Hilton Washington this Saturday.

First course: Sopresso, Prosciutto, Reggiano & Brie Plate, Spiced Olives, Wild Watercress Salad, Warm Crostini Drizzled with Balsamic Dressing.

Entree: Porcini Dusted Petite Filet, Paired with Sun Dried Tomato Seared Escolar with Olive Tapenade, Mascarpone Polenta, Asparagus, Cipollini, Green and Yellow Squash, Porcini Mushroom Demi.

No dessert this year -- they're donating the money to a local charity.


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Great way to spend our tax dollars....

1994 days ago


You're right #8, those are big names but the food is not extravagant at all. They might leave with full stomachs, but only thanks to the Polenta which is, the only thing of substance on the menu. The rest is bird food. By the way TMZ, what's up with the arrangement of the appetizers around Obama's picture on the plate? Anybody else notice that?

1994 days ago


Bush and the rest of them have been eating sh@! like this for years nobody complained about tax dollars then. Get over yourselves...Damn let the man eat. Where was all of this when Bush was screwing up our tax dollars? Nobody complained then with his 50 vacations a year loser having a@!

1994 days ago


These aren't expensive ingredients; actually the chef did a good job of presenting reasonably priced ingredients in an upscale way.

1994 days ago

oprah & michel hater    

serving gravy train to michele would be her ideal of a meal....since she is a dawg

1994 days ago


So what - He is President of the United States..............He deserves good food and if he eats good food, his guests should also eat it..............................Keep up the good work Mr. President.

1994 days ago


# 20 your such a hater...I bet you loved the rest of the dumb a@! first ladies who clearly had issues or you were probally one of the ones that liked McCains pill poppin tail...or wait you loved Clinton didn't you the one that stood by her man when he lied to us and the world and she stayed just so that she could have some type of status? stop women derserves that and she stood by her man and let him and the rest of the world know that it was "ok" to be treated that way. your a hater and you sound a tad bit lonley Oprah and Michelle hater? you got that free KFC meal Oprah handed out yesterday didn't

1994 days ago


What would you have the White House service? Beans and weenies! The menu sounds healthy and delicious and I would love to be there!

1994 days ago


Once again, if this was a Republican, people would be making a HUGE deal out of it. It's no suprise really - this president spent an unprecedent amount on his media blitz, Oprah run campaign. Why are we not hearing more about his fumblings - you know to ignore bad decisions by our president only because he is black is racist - color has nothing to do without political missteps people(or maybe folks don't care that he cuddled up to an evil dictator,scared the crap out of New Yorkers, and is throwing our children's money around like it's momopoly dollars)

1994 days ago


Wow! Navy chow. French Navy that is.

1994 days ago

Maggie Kainu    

There will be no dessert, in lieu of dessert, hey are making a donation to SOME (So Others Might Eat) a homeless service provider in Washington, DC.

1994 days ago


Escolar? On the White House menu? You've gotta be kidding me. It's not called "diarrhea fish" for no reason. Here's a snippet from wikipedia regarding the, ummm, side effects of eating Escolar.

"The gastrointestinal symptoms, called "keriorrhoea", caused by these wax esters may include oily orange diarrhea, discharge, or leakage from the rectum that may smell of mineral oil."

It's gonna be a sexy party!

1994 days ago


I'm sure this isn't the first White House dinner that is this expensive.....all the administrations before spent as much or more. Why do you target this administration? Why didn't you target the previous administration that put the country and everybody in the country in the hole financially. Why should this administration be expected to wear rags and eat wierners because of the previous big spenders. Let them enjoy their dinner....I'm sure corners are being cut in alot of other areas.
Go chew on the people who deserve it.

1994 days ago


I'm glad to see the People's President is eating like the rest of us. As long as 'us' is defined as the super rich. He eats like a king and gives cheap gifts to other heads of state. Go figure.

1994 days ago

Canadians Rule    

What the hell is "sopresso"? Whoever wrote the article must have graduated from the Artie Lange School of Italian Pronounciation & Spelling? It is amazing how you Americans butcher the Italian language! It is called sopressata (pronounced "soo-per-sah-ta) and at least your president recognizes quality food as would Artie.

1994 days ago
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