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Canadian State Dinner Dessert - 1988: Pineapple Champagne Sorbet

Canadian State Dinner Dessert - 1988: Pineapple Champagne Sorbet

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Courtesy of Roland Mesnier

Canadian State Dinner Dessert - 1988: Pineapple Champagne Sorbet

"Our neighbor to the North, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney of Canada, dined at the White House on several occasions in the 1980s. Each time a visit was scheduled, I tried to use Canadian colors and symbols while creating a new dessert. For a dinner on April 27, 1988, I made this pineapple Champagne sorbet, served in a meringue shell and garnished with maple leaf-shaped cookies and deep red long-stemmed strawberries. I placed a red and white sugar ribbon, to match the color of the Canadian flag, on top of the dessert. It was served on the Reagan china, which is, not coincidentally, red and white." — Excerpt from "A Sweet World of White House Desserts" by Roland Mesnier

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