The place to brie: a peek inside the White House state dinner


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2014_02_Statedinner President François Hollande of France raises a toast with President Barack Obama during the State Dinner on the South Lawn of the White House, Feb. 11, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

The guest of honor went stag and the first lady wore sleeves as the White House celebrated the first state visit by a French president in nearly 20 years.

VIP guests including Washington’s most powerful players, and Hollywood’s brightest stars joined the president and Mrs. Obama, who wore a gown designed by Carolina Herrera, Tuesday night for a state dinner honoring France’s president Francois Hollande.

Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper was there, as were funny ladies Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mindy Kaling, who gave Instagram followers a peek into her night, and funny guy Stephen Colbert.

Cosmo girl Joanna Coles, editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, was invited, perhaps to share advice on french kissing, while Grammy winner Mary J Blige performed for guests inside the tent on the South Lawn.

The menu, which was inspired by the shared history and friendship between the United States and France, showcased delicacies from across America and included produce from the White House garden.

2014_02_dinnermenu_kc The dinner menu for the 2014 White House state dinner honoring the president of France. (Photo:  White House)


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