Archive for July 11th, 2011

The White House State Dinner at MLH

Monday, July 11th, 2011

What’s the best place for a White House State Dinner? culinary creations from the white house himself will be served at Sri Lanka’s very own White House on 9th and 10th July 2011.
“For the last eleven years, I have had the honor of doing daily what most chefs would be lucky to do once in their life time. That honor was serving the First Family of the United States”. These are the words of Walter Scheib as his forte lies in serving up a taste in stories and recipes of his eleven years as the White House chef under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush from a unique vantage point: The kitchen, which will be presented to Sri Lanka on 9th and 10th July at the Mount Lavinia Hotel, where an all american dinners inspired by Walter Scheib will take centre stage.
“I had to cook everything from food for the first family to state dinners for 900 and picnics for 600,” recalled Scheib and continued to state that his job involved travelling all over the world with the President and First Lady.
Scheib’s White House achievement was his creation of a distinctly American repertoire for the nation’s First House. The evenings will be totally focused on all the White House remembrances that ranged from State Dinner Secrets to throwing the White House Birthday Party. He will touch on concepts such as White House style cocktail reception, First Lady Luncheons, State Dinners, and Outdoor “South Lawn” and Rose Garden barbecues and picnics and most of all the fascinating White House insider’s anecdotes, culinary insights, team building and bonding, as well as, exercises with a culinary twist; hands-on cooking demonstration and interaction. Yes, indeed the evening will be comprised of revealing anecdotes, photographs, menus, and special White House recipes—and indeed it will be a treat for everyone who loves food, politics, or both.
When asked about his memorable times at Sri Lanka’s White House: Mount Lavinia Hotel and The White House in the US of A, here were his comments. “A country is represented by its people. And the hotel along with the country exceeded my dreams.” He states just before when Chelsea Clinton left for college she spent six weeks with the Chef Scheib and after we had done with her we awarded her a certificate and the one and only graduate from the Walter Scheib White House Cooking School.
The two nights at MLH will be scheduled for 9th and 10th July…All nights will be a tasty 5 course menu with selected beverages for the price.
Saturday, 9th July – White House State Dinner from 8pm onwards at the Maitland State Room exclusively for Sampath Bank. Sampath Bank is partnering with the Mount Lavinia Hotel to offer a unique opportunity to their Infinite Cardholders, to meet and dine, with Chef Scheib. According to the officials of Sampath Bank, the only Bank in Sri Lanka, to offer the Infinite credit card, the most prestigious of Visa Card products.
Sunday, 10th July – White House State Dinner, from 7.30pm onwards at the Empire Ballroom, priced at LKR6000/-nett
“Scheib has proven that he can pretty satisfy any palette, and I had the privilege of working with him in an occasion in the US, which was an experience of a lifetime,” states Mr Anura Dewapura of Mount Lavinia Hotel. Other sponsors are Sampath Bank, and Stassens. And Walter Scheib was flown in by Sri Lanka’s very own national carrier: SriLankan Airlines.

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