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Historical State Dinner Menu

acrowder Sep 16, 2008 09:57 AM

Does anyone know where I could find the menu for the first United States state dinner?


  1. Chowbird Jan 20, 2011 10:11 AM

    Maybe this book would have it?


    1. I used to know how to cook... Jan 20, 2011 08:29 AM

      There's a Special Menus section in the White House Cook Book. The first menu is State Dinner at White House, also has General Grant's Birthday Dinner and Mrs. Cleveland's Wedding Lunch. I *think* this link is to the same edition as mine.

      Hope this helps...



      1. Justpaula Sep 16, 2008 02:14 PM

        Interesting question. But, I wonder if it is really answerable. There is a lot of info out there on the first set of china that George Washinton used for his state dinners, however, he first entertained foreign dignitaries in his own residences in NYC and Phila, prior to the White House. I am not sure if there is a record of those events. However, there is a book about the history of state dinners. The author is a presidential historian and has his own website. If you open the link and scroll all the way down to the bottom, he has an email address. If someone might know, chances are it could be this guy. It can't hurt to ask! Good luck, and I would love to know if you find the answer, just what that meal was.


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        1. re: Justpaula
          acrowder Sep 17, 2008 04:39 AM

          Thanks so much! I haven't been able to find an answer yet, but if I do I'll update the post.


          1. re: acrowder
            eatyououtofhouseandhome Jan 20, 2011 06:28 AM

            I think Grant had the first state dinner as we think of it today - as in foreign head of state visits the white house and has formal dinner. That foreign state however would go on to become (by bayonet point and then vote) our 50th.

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