Fighting Off Global Recession Can Make a World Leader Hungry

By Lee Speigel

Nov 14, 2008 7:39pm

ABC News’ Jon Garcia reports: Call it the meal fit for leaders of 20 economies fighting off, at best, a global recession or, at worst, economic meltdown.

Those leaders certainly won’t be hungry when they start their meetings tomorrow after their formal dinner tonight in the White House State Dining Room.

Witness the menu being served to the likes of Germany’s Angela Merkel, China’s Hu Jintao and Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev: they begin with fruitwood smoked quail with quince gastrique and quinoa risotto. To go with the quail will be a 2006 chardonnay.

The main course? Thyme-roasted rack of lamb with a tomato, fennel and eggplant fondue served with a  2003 cabernet.

And don’t forget the Lolla Rosa, red oak and endive salad with cider vinaigrette and baked Vermont brie with walnut crostini. Finish the meal with a pear torte and huckleberry sauce and a glass of sparkling Chandon Etoile Rose.

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