Washington • A slab of dry-aged rib eye beef, American caviar and salad representing the first lady's garden will be on the four-course menu for the elegant state dinner the White House is throwing Tuesday for French President Francois Hollande. It's the first such soiree of President Barack Obama's second term.
The wine list is strictly American, with selections from California, Washington state and Virginia.
So is the entertainment. Mary J. Blige, a nine-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, producer and actress born in the Bronx, N.Y., will perform for some 350 guests who will be seated at a modern-looking mix of square and oblong tables inside a huge white tent on the South Lawn.