First Lady Melania Trump will host President Emmanuel Macron for this administration's first state dinner. 

Elisabeth Sherman
April 23, 2018

First Lady Melania Trump has picked the menu for the first state dinner hosted by the Trump administration: She’ll be serving rack of lamb and a nectarine tart to President Emmanuel Macron of France, and his wife, Brigitte.

According to the Associated Press, 150 guests will attend a reception at the Washington National Opera following dinner. President Macron arrives in the United States today, where he and his wife will join the Trumps at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home.

The main course of rack of lamb will be served alongside Carolina rice jambalaya and cooked in the “New Orleans tradition” with herbs grown in the White House gardens. The tart will be served with honey made at the White House, and crème fraiche ice cream. Perhaps surprisingly, the meal will be served with American wines, a move that the White House says is meant to “embody the historic friendship” between the two countries.

State dinners are, predictably, served in the State Dining Room. The First Lady decorated the dining room with a truly awe-inspiring number of flowers: 2,500 white sweet pea flowers and around 1,000 white lilacs. Dinner will be served on china from the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.

This is a historic moment for this administration: President Trump is the first president in nearly 100 years to end his first year in office without hosting a state dinner. In another break with tradition, no Democratic members of Congress or journalists were invited. However, Louisiana’s governor, John Bel Edwards, who is a Democrat, will be in attendance.

For now, the White House is staying quiet about the full guest list for the dinner and the reception (and there’s still no word yet on what the First Lady will be wearing) but if all goes well, the dinner is intended to reinforce a strong bond between two countries that have long been allies.