Rick Bayless didn’t tweet from the kitchen, White House chef Cristeta Comerford didn’t quit in disgust, and not a rodent was in sight. In general, a successful state dinner. Though mired in a series of mini-controversies, Bayless told Esquire that everything went to plan, "I have to say, in this dinner, nothing went wrong." The menu featured a jicama salad, the rumored green ceviche and Oaxacan black mole, and a Chocolate-Cajeta tart. The full menu is below, along with a recipe for the mole, and, perhaps, a few too many nice words for Michelle Obama.
Things are basically back to normal, except for Bayless’s online presence. After being accused of tweeting from the White House kitchen by Lynn Sweet of the Sun Times, Bayless has been offline for over 24 hours. I’m not sure this has ever happened before. Come back Rick!
White House State Dinner
Jicama with Oranges, Grapefruit, and Pineapple
Ulises Valdez Chardonnay 2007 “Russian River”
Herb Green Ceviche of Hawaiian Opah
Oregon Wagyu Beef in Oaxacan Black Mole
Black Bean Tamalon and Grilled Green Beans
Herrera Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 “Selección Rebecca”
Toasted Homemade Marshmallows
Graham Cracker Crumble and Goat Cheese Ice Cream
Mumm Napa “Carlos Santana Brut” N/V