French President Francois Hollande is in Washington for a high-profile (and rare) state dinner. To welcome him, the White House has brought in some star power.
Tonight’s dinner will feature the musical stylings of one Mary J. Blige, and the guest list includes the likes of actors Bradley Cooper, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Mindy Kaling; Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert; basketball player Jason Collins; former NBA commissioner David Stern; and engineer/businessman Elon Musk.
Most of Obama’s cabinet, including his national top intelligence and surveillance chiefs, NSA Director Keith Alexander and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Alexander’s agency was caught spying on French citizens through its metadata-collection program, drawing a rebuke from French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who will also attend.
The menu will feature caviar farmed in Illinois, a Vermont rib-eye prepared (in a French-sounding style) with shallots and mushrooms, a Hawaiian chocolate-malted ganache served with vanilla ice cream, and a subsequent dessert tray that will include, among other things, cotton candy.
The wine will all be American, with three options from Napa Valley, Washington state, and Monticello (yes, the Monticello in Virginia).
The full guest list is below: