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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  1. T. Jo

    Hm-m-m-m-m....With reference to the final sentence: The dessert "Gelees" were missing an accent on the final "e". Something's not right. It's awkward at best. Better to say that the WORD 'gelees' is missing an accent mark. My French dictionary and my recollection of high school French class both tell me that the accent mark goes on the SECOND 'e', not the final e.

    November 26, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Lynne

    Instead of focussing on the minor errors, why not focus on the words spoken by India's Prime Minister about the leadership role President Obama is playing in the world and how he believes he is worthy of being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize??

    Surely words of praise from a key partner are as important as spelling errors???

    November 26, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Ilia Orkin

    Seriously? CNN? Seriously?

    November 26, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Ted

    We obviously need a Dept of Copywriting, and another czar for this. But of course that creates jobs (@$250,000 per), so that must be good of course......

    November 26, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. charlie in Maine

    BTW as a French Teacher in can tell you that gelées should have an accent on the second to the last "e" but who's counting that? Oh that's right for some reason YOU are.

    November 26, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Gezellig

    I am not sure but that Chick Peas is not an acceptable alternative spelling for garbanzo beans. Since India is by far the largest producer of the legume, I wonder if perhaps that is their preferred English spelling?

    November 26, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Michele Brown

    The NY Times should be embarrassed for having wasted space on this. And what's your excuse CNN? This is the best you can do?

    Why not spend a little a more time on the members of Congress taking money from the insurance lobby?

    November 26, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. Martha

    Would love to "see" the person that made all those mistakes on the on earth could someone with that responsibility make those type of mistakes?? Mystery to me!!

    November 26, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. jules sand-perkins

    What is wrong with being in the limousine-and-champagne crowd?
    If you're going to throw French around, spell it correctly.
    Fractured French is not impressive.

    November 26, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Denise

    Ironic. Those who find these cuisine typos unexcusable, can easily decipher a Sarah Palin speech.

    November 26, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Andy from CA

    What is more important to the electorate? Is it Sarah Palin not knowing the difference between Iraq and Iran as observed during her interview on Hannity or the White House's people in charge of state dinners? How come CNN missed Sarah's latest display of non intellect but were eager to pounce on a menu which had speling gaffes? Way the priorities people.

    November 26, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Richard

    The real crime was serving any wine from Virginia.

    November 26, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. mnw

    I think some of you are reading the article backwards. "Chickpeas" is indeed one word; the article notes that the menu misspells it as "chick peas". Similarly with "Grenache" vs "Granache". While the end of the article wasn't written very clearly, an image of the menu was provided to correct this sort of confusion.

    November 26, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. CNNisnotnewsanymore

    Shame on CNN. This is what you choose to cover? What happened to real journalism?

    November 26, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Vivian McPeak

    Bush lied and people died. Obama has a typo and the media goes into hype-O. Does anyone see the absolute hypocrisy? Obama has a typo on a menu that someone else created, Bush deliberately lied to the nation to create an unnecessary war that has bankrupted our nation and set-back the entire world. The right wing media will do everything it can to destroy Obama's chances of a second term. They honestly think the future of the white race is at stake. What a national outrage. Is this CNN's attempt at luring Tea Party idiots?

    November 26, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Chas

    No- brows trying to put on a high-brow affair. They should have had Sonny's Real Pit Barbecue catering the thing. Just would have needed a big fan to keep the smoke out of the tent.

    November 26, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. Biased

    In all honesty I don't care about typing errors on a menu. I can bet that probably very few noticed them anyway... HOWEVER...there better be charges of trespassing or lying to the Secret Service for that couple to gate crash the party.
    If there are no consequences similar to the balloon boy family, then there will be more incidents of this nature and the next ones may not be doing it for TV but for plans of removing a few of the WH occupants. Because they passed a metal detector isn't the be all and end all. Just look at the arsenal of gadgets that are available along the lines of James Bond. Joe Biden could have been in a lot of trouble if the impersonating guests wanted to harm.

    November 26, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Patsy, Texas

    So the "typos" on the menu are more important than those two
    bimbos who crashed the party. If they think they are cute, they
    are NOT! If they think Americans appreciate their idiocy, we do NOT!
    Selfish, self-centered, ugly people like these should be in jail.
    They broke the law!!

    November 26, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Blake

    The world has major economic, environmental and social issues facing it and someone is bringing up the fact that a couple of words on a menu "might" not spelled as they expected they should be?

    Grow up people.

    November 26, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Leon

    This administration is compromised of fools, but CNN....this is hardly newsworthy. How about reporting on actual news....maybe having one article concerning "climategate."

    November 26, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Craig

    Why is this news?... who cares?!

    November 26, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. markiejoe

    chickpea is correct and gelee doesn't need an accent in English text. The only ones I'd grouse about are Grenache and Willamette. However, with two wars going on, I'd watch what I grouse about.

    November 26, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Obama is a Mistake

    Another typo: Obama – President. Blame that one on the voters.

    November 26, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. marshall

    Good try Obama! Not doing much for economy, healthcare not going so well, Afghanistan.. well, but we can throw a classy party. Well not really! Ha ha. My disciples will make the excuses though

    November 26, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Grab your torches and acute accents, and head for the Capitol!

    November 26, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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