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Caviar, cotton candy await French leader at White House

Published on Feb 11, 2014 7:53 AM
US President Barack Obama (centre) and French President Francois Hollande (left) tour the Virginia residence of Thomas Jefferson with Leslie Greene Bowman, president and CEO of the Thomas Jefferson foundation, at Monticello in Charlottesville, on Feb 10, 2014. Jefferson was one of the United States' earliest envoys to France. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande will tuck into Illinois caviar, Colorado rib eye beef and all-American cotton candy at a lavish White House state dinner on Tuesday - but he'd better rug up for chilly weather.

Forecasters are calling for sub-freezing temperatures when President Barack Obama entertains his French counterpart under a marquee on the South Lawn of the White House, with around 350 guests expected to attend.

The menu, disclosed on Monday by White House officials, opens with American osetra caviar "farmed from the estuaries of Illinois" paired with Pennsylvania quail eggs and a dozen varieties of American potatoes.

After a "Winter Garden Salad" inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama's personal vegetable plot, Mr Hollande will sample dry-aged rib eye beef "sourced from a family-owned farm in Greeley, Colorado".

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