Obama’s Official President of the State of China wears Hawaii Blue Trim
WASHINGTON (AP) – The official state porcelain of President Barack Obama’s administration is a modern-inspired service trimmed in a blue reminiscent of the waters of his home state of Hawaii, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be among the first invited to eat it at a state dinner Tuesday in his honor.
Michelle Obama’s office said the first lady chose what has been dubbed “Kailua Blue” to distinguish her family’s porcelain from the red, green, blue and yellow used on newer utilities. Kailua is Honolulu’s upscale dorm community where Obama and his family spend the Christmas holidays.
William Allman, the White House curator, said the “modern and fresh” blue had never been used on White House porcelain.
“Ms. Obama’s main goal was to create a modern service that is completely compatible and interchangeable and usable with all historical services in China” that are used for official receptions, Allman said Monday during an overview of the Japanese state dinner.
A fluted band of Kailua Blue, framed by a textured gold edge and a simple gold inner line, appears on all serving pieces except the dinner and serving plates. The white dinner plates are edged in gold; the serving plates have a wide gold rim and the presidential coat of arms in the center.
Each 11-piece set includes a first for Presidential dinnerware – an individual tureen that can be used for soup, dessert, or “whatever dish chefs get creative and decide to serve with a little panache in one serving.” individual, “Allman said.
The porcelain, which can accommodate 320 people, cost about $ 367,000. It was funded by a private fund administered by the White House Historical Association and used to acquire fine art and decorative artwork for the Presidential Mansion.
A 320-person state porcelain service that then-first lady Laura Bush unveiled in January 2009 cost just under $ 493,000.
The 200 or so people invited to Tuesday’s dinner in the East Room will be among the first guests to eat new porcelain. The menu includes a Caesar sashimi salad presented in the style of a Japanese gift, Wagyu beef and an American style cheesecake made with tofu and soy milk.
Obama will toast Abe with sake.
Japanese “iron chef” Masaharu Morimoto was invited as a guest chef to help White House kitchen staff prepare the meal.
After dinner, the cast of the film adaptation of the musical “Jersey Boys” will perform in the State Dining Room.
The decor celebrates the late arrival of spring and the famous Washington Cherry Blossoms, a gift from Japan over 100 years ago. Dinner tables will be decorated with arrangements of orchids, cherry blossoms and other flowers.
“It is a welcome, not only from our visitors but from our visitors in the spring,” said outgoing White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard.
Planning for Obama’s State China began in the fall of 2011 when Mrs. Obama and family friend Michael Smith, who redecorated the Oval Office and the Obama family’s private residence, began collecting feedback from White House residence staff, including chefs.
Pickard China, of Antioch, Ill., Was asked to consult on the project and produce the dishes.
The company, based in Mrs. Obama’s hometown, made dinnerware for the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland and onboard Air Force One, but never made official Home porcelain. White.
Presidents are not required to have a public service from China and some, including Gerald Ford and George HW Bush, do not.
Betty Monkman, a former White House curator and author for the White House Historical Association, said state China’s services were bought for a variety of reasons, including a president’s desire to have his imprint on something. thing that is left behind.
They were also purchased to increase the number of place settings or to replace broken, damaged or missing parts.
“If you’ve seen our state dinners, we really do a lot of mixing and matching – sometimes because we really don’t have enough, sometimes because we’re trying to create a new modern, different and forward look – trendsetter, ”said Obama said when she previewed porcelain to interior design journalists and bloggers last week. “This Kailua blue is one of those colors that will complement some of the other pieces already in the collection in a stylish way, and I think it will be timeless.”
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