November 26th, 2009
09:16 PM ET
13 years ago

On the menu last night: Haute cuisine...and culinary typos?

The devil's in the details, as the White House found at last night's state dinner. The admission of a pair of party-crashers wasn't the only unplanned misstep Wednesday, apparently: The New York Times pointed to a string of typos in the evening's menu. Can you spot the errors below? (Answers after the jump)


–The Riesling was bottled in “Willamette Valley, Oregon” not “Wilamette Valley”; guests were actually offered a “2007 Grenache” (not a “2007 Granache”) and a “Thibaut-Janisson Brut” (not a “Thibaut Janisson Brut”)
–The meal featured “chick peas” (not “chickpeas”)
–The dessert “Gelees” were missing an accent on the final “e”

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soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. William Jenner

    "Chickpea" is one word according to Merriam-Webster online. This article seems to be more of an exercise in trying to find mistakes that don't exist than a legitimate journalistic piece.

    November 26, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. jared

    Who cares? This isn't news.

    November 26, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Honest Abe

    WOW! When 'white' people break federal law (the White House for christ sakes)... they get lots of positive publicity and the opportunity to be on Larry King! They should've been arrested days ago and thrown into jail with the mug shots posted all through the media. If they weren't white..... just a coincidence? I think not.

    November 26, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Mlhall

    I am so glad you can read.

    November 26, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. ex obama supporter

    Wow big suprise, can they get anything right?

    November 26, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Thomas Goolsby

    glad this is newsworthy... slow day in the world?

    November 26, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Christian Derobert

    The accent on Gelées is not on the final e but the one before...

    November 26, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Jacque Bauer

    This is merely that latest in a LONG line of typo and other totally embarrassing and inexcusable administrative goofs of the Obama regime. And these were no doubt some of the same arrogant people that lambasted Dan Quayle for making one impromtu spelling error, who did not have all of the modern spellchecking and proofreading machinery of the White House in reviewing a FORMAL State Dinner anouncement!!!

    Yes, the REAL twits are to be found behind the doors of the Obama White House. Please apologize immediately to Mr. Quayle.

    November 26, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. --

    Why is this a news story? Who cares.

    November 26, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. jeff in florida

    time to hire a proofreader and spend more stimulus money! Geez.

    November 26, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Mickey

    They must have thought there would be Republicans at the event.

    November 26, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    It is actually Grenache and the accent is not on the final e but the next to last...

    November 26, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. BlueSmokeStudio

    AHA! There's the smoking gun! The caterers' misspellings is proof of the absolute evil that is the current administration and the Democratic Party as a whole! Republicans unite!! Today it's your aperitifs, tomorrow it's your children and your immortal soul!!!!

    November 26, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. John

    Really? Is this that important?

    November 26, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. dorothy

    I think the biggest breech was when Obama was given the glass for the toast to Prime MInister of India and the Prime Minister of India wasn't given one?

    Obama had to say, 'Does the Prime Minister get one?' Then to make matters worse the glass was passed down the line to the Prime Minister of India. It was not brought directly to him. This show total disrespect for a foreign leader.

    November 26, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. A French

    Actually it is "Gelées". The accent is not on the final e but the one just before.

    November 26, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. saint

    One more for tea partyers. Michel Steele will be all over the place and call it a major coup. Is it a big deal, afterall we had a President himself who could not have a coherent conversation and spelling nuclear. We had a Vice president who could not spell potatoe

    November 26, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. Give me a break, CNN

    I've lived in the South and it's always been "chickpeas."

    Does anyone other than the limousine-and-champagne crowd at CNN care whether a desert had an accent over the "e"?

    November 26, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Catana Barnes

    I guess this represents the best and the brightest.

    November 26, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. jim Coleman

    You would think that with all of Michelle Obama's assistants they could find one who could spell. Maybe she needs to spend another $100,000.00 for a good spell checker.

    November 26, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.......

    just like the phony job creation this who you want running your healthcare.......what if they type right leg instead of left leg????

    November 26, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. mike

    Hey new york times what does the menu have to do with our so call
    national security this is a joke first it was Fort Hood now this. Hey dick
    head cheney why don't you talk home land security I guess they were
    out to lunch that night and as always no one will be held accountable
    instead lets talk about obama

    November 26, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. charlie in Maine

    I realize that the torture that W. Bush visited upon prisoners in our custody as well as the torture we outsorced does not rise the outrage caused by typos on a menu but its Thanksgiving for God's saek cut em some slack.

    November 26, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. David Stewart

    The cost of one bottle of wine would probably have been enough for a couple of meals for me today. Who cares and Happy Thanksgiving.

    November 26, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. MRT

    This is ridiculous.... the previous Republican commentor obviously has been mad for over a decade, who even remembers Dan Quayle.
    to blame the Obama administration for that is even for a republican over the top... next the Obama's will be blamed for no snow at Christmas.....GET A LIFE. I know this is your Thanksgiving day. I am just thankful that I am not one of you living in such a hateful country.....

    November 26, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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