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. Moe, NY

    LOL...Bet the republicans/conservatives blame this on President Obama.

    November 26, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Faith Collins

    I am not an Obama supporter, but come on......this is not news. We have so much garbage being printed these days.....I am disgusted.

    November 26, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    So someone didn't run a spell check against the menu? You know how many times I've seen typos on the CNN Web site? (And I'm not just referring to all the people who post comments – it's amazing how many errors get posted within CNN articles ....)

    GET REAL!!!

    November 26, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Joe NY, NY

    This proves the ultra-conservative bias of the media. Did the Bush menus ever receive such scrutiny? He couldn't even speak English! When you have to look this hard and be this nit-picky - well, don't we all have better things to do?

    November 26, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Gee ... typos vs lying us into a war ... Hmmmm .... boy, that's a tough one ...

    GROW UP, CNN! (And everyone else who thinks this somehow shows the "incompetence" of this Administration ... SHEESH!)

    November 26, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    I live in the Willamette Valley, and I'm not offended.


    November 26, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Jasmine in Germany

    Chickpea (French and Latin origin) is one word, but perhaps they should have used the international word garbanzo (Spanish origin), which would have been understood by the Indian guests.

    November 26, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    Correction: preponderance.

    And who among us doesn't need an editor?

    November 26, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Turkey Day

    It seems that this news snippet has backfired on the NYT and CNN, according to the response posts. Hopefully you 'people' will take the hint and report more news that will show that you are intelligent instead of venting over the election, once again. Where is D L Hugley when you need him? He should be replacing you fools in the news.

    November 26, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Francine

    Let's take time to remember those who are fighting, dying and disabled for life in wars that are based on lies. Please, please people the whole world still watching and wondering how can the MOST powerful country in the world make such mistakes that cost so many lives not to mention those in the invaded countries. Think about the orphans, widows, parents and friends who will never make it to a state dinner or another thanksgiving.

    November 26, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Fred

    Agree with many of the comments. This is not news. CNN is going downhill. Report on real news. What about climategate?? This is a big issue impacting our future. Where are you CNN??

    November 26, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. Keith in Austin

    Another earth-shattering scoop from CNN. Meanwhile, our economy continues to spiral downward, unemployment is increasing, we're in a war that our POTUS considers secondarily to other priorities like global warming,apologies and healthcare reform. What a miserable excuse for leadership!

    November 26, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. The Great Northwest

    Is this news? Is this and a site full of Palin every day on here what you people call news ?
    Last night noticed the list of many famous people gone from us this year and when I saw the name Walter Cronkite it made me wonder if in the school of Journalism most have no idea what news is have gone to trash talk , gossip and they call it news ?
    There has to be Journalists out there locate them CNN do us a service.
    Print this CNN

    November 26, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. eric

    WOW! Imagine my shock that THIS is what CNN and the rest of main stream media report on. I'm sure there are more important things to report on but you pick this and get paid for it? Do your job and focus on important things and ask hard questions. That's what the media is supposed to do.

    November 26, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Rogerd

    Since day one of this administration, there have been basic clerical and office administrative gafs that should be embarrising for a so highly educated bunch of elites to tolorate.

    Graet campainers and talkers...just can't execute with any level of accurracy!!

    November 26, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. shoegazer

    If this is regarded as newsworthy,I guess everything is all right in the world today.

    November 26, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. Michael

    Why is this news?

    November 26, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Lisa

    I love how Bush still comes up every time the Obama admistration makes themselves look like fools. Seriously folks, Bush is gone, you got what you wanted so accept the fact that he isnt the saviour everyone thought he was going to be. Even my husband (a pretty staunch dem) is beginning to realize the mistake he made on election day.

    November 26, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. American Expat

    Well, CNN online is getting ALMOST as bad as their International satellite TV news. I quit watching that, so I am wondering if I should now stop reading CNN on line?

    November 26, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Krejaton

    The troops fighting and dying in Afghansitan thank you for the worthiness of this article.

    November 26, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. j o'cassidy

    This administration is compromised of fools and liars, but comprised of Idiots,,,,, what an Ideal marriage,,, opps meant un- Civil Union...

    November 26, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Brent

    Considering that the dinner was paid for by tax payers money... Where they really party crashers? Why where we all not invited?

    November 26, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. karen

    Why is it that every little thing this white house does or does not do comes under intense scrutiny. I don't recall this with any other president. Sure there was news relating to presidents' policies. But this level of highly intense scrutiny is unprecedented.

    November 26, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. AHemp

    And we care, Why? Oh, that's right. We don't!

    November 26, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Joel Miller

    Here is the proper French spelling of Gelées. There is not an accent aigu on the final e. In English it is perfectly appropriate to drop the accent. The same goes for the hypen in Thibaut-Janisson. The French hyphenate just about everything. We don't do this in English.

    November 26, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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