Not the State Dinner, but equally as tasty!

Chicago celebrity chef Michael Bayliss is whipping up some Mexican-themed specialties for tonight’s State Dinner honoring Mexican president Felipe Calderón Hinojosa and his wife Margarita Zavala.

Guests–including Whoopie Goldberg, Eva Longoria-Parker (but not her husband), Gayle King (why isn’t Oprah there again?), George Lopez, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (but not his most reported-on girlfriend KTLA news reporter Lu Parker), plus lots of politicians and other important folks, like the guy who owns Goya canned foods–will be dining on a salad of organic herbs and veggies from the White House garden plus desserts made with honey from the White House bee hives, beef mole, and chocolate cajetas with homemade marshmallows. Here’s the official statement:

Mrs. Obama worked with Guest Chef Rick Bayless and White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford to create a menu that reflects the best of American cuisine, continuing this White House’s commitment to serving fresh, sustainable and regional food, and honoring the culinary excellence and flavors that are present in Mexican cuisine. Herbs, radishes, and lettuces used in preparing tonight’s dinner were harvested from the White House Kitchen Garden. White House Executive Pastry Chef William Yosses and his team made desserts using White House honey in the Graham Cracker Crumble and Goat Cheese Ice Cream.

Jicama with Oranges, Grapefruit, and PineappleCitrus Vinaigrette
Ulises Valdez Chardonnay 2007 “Russian River”

Herb Green Ceviche of Hawaiian Opah
Sesame-Cilantro Cracker

Oregon Wagyu Beef in Oaxacan Black Mole
Black Bean Tamalon and Grilled Green Beans
Herrera Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 “Selección Rebecca”

Chocolate-Cajeta Tart
Toasted Homemade Marshmallows
Graham Cracker Crumble and Goat Cheese Ice Cream
Mumm Napa “Carlos Santana Brut” N/V

(photo: Creative Commons yummyporky)

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.