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. Jack Lowe

    Who cares? What, is this a slow news day? Who covers this crap?

    November 26, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. jim

    i have to suspect this whole "raises eyebrows" thing is coming frmo the far right.

    i mean, come one .. it's just a MENU.

    this most certainly is NOT news of any kind.

    November 26, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Larry

    This is hilarious considering the number of minor typos and grammatical errors I've seen on For example, you refer to "unplanned missteps" – do people really plan missteps – and "party crashers" doesn't require a dash.

    November 26, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. kathleen

    The Washington Post editorials talked today about how even President Obama's Thanksgiving address was picked apart by the critics. Seems it's that kind of shallow time, but surely there isn't such a lack of real news this Thanksgiving that criticism of the menu wouldn't have been considered by CNN to be below the bottom of the list of things to talk about.

    Readers and listeners who used to be almost addicts for good reporting are losing their interest in what the sincerely stupid are doing and saying.

    November 26, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Bilbo

    Who cares????

    November 26, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Jim

    This is news? I wish you would have cared about the English language when George Bush was President...

    November 26, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Jessina

    This world is falling apart because people don't pay attention to details anymore. Clearly, as demonstrated in these comments, people no longer value ACCURACY. Sloppiness has become the norm. It is so bad that CNN is mocked for bringing this sloppiness to light. What a disgrace. God help us.

    November 26, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. John Snow

    I feel like I've wasted my time reading CNN today except to read the reassuring comments, telling me that others feel the same way as I do.

    November 26, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Bob

    Instead of reporting on menu typos, why not report on the number of Czars currently under federal payroll (with salaries), and their lack of qualifications for the position they hold.

    November 26, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Hope to Change

    Oh well some liberals said Palin can't read. How about the white house can't write??????????

    November 26, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Bassman

    This White House looks so much like amatuer hour.

    November 26, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. oldtimer

    For all those that don't think spelling matters, think again. This is the white house folks, not the corner deli.

    November 26, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. No Hillary = No Obama

    The timing on this state dinner couldn't have been worse. You have millions starving in India and here and yet Obama and that Indian Prime Minister drip of self-indulgences. I think what the Obamas do best is showcase themselves – they are limelight flies. The whole thing is an embarrassment.

    November 26, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. Joel - New York

    Are you kidding me? Why report a story about a slightly misspelled word and missing hyphen or accent mark? Golly gee man. Does there have to be a criticism of every single action the Obama administration takes? lol

    November 26, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. whocares

    I hope their lawyer uses the defense that the white house is the people's property, so they weren't tresspassing.

    November 26, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. gjknapp

    I was wondering how many people sent there items back because of the errors in spelling.
    Come on!
    Where was the Word Simitty who was responsible for reviewing these things.
    I think this should be an indication we need a new czar for spelling at the White House. May be Dan Quayle, would be interested.

    November 26, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Hope to Change

    So people were wondering what they were eating since they can't read “The can’t write” menu.

    November 26, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Hmmmmm

    Wow...if you are going to point out spelling errors at least know how to spell the words. Who really has egg on their faces now? Let's concentrate on real news next time...there is so much wrong going on in the world...all preempted by previous administrations of many countries...The Oil Wars report on that.

    November 26, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Martha Hussein Baker

    Proud resident of the Willamette Valley, Oregon and very happy to have our wonderful product served on the world stage, no matter the missing "L".

    OBAMA 2012

    November 26, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. Shawn

    Your right, the entire administration must be headed down a long dark road of spelling errors.

    Well, at least they can spell nuclear.

    November 26, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Lou

    Yeah, what else would we expect from people that turn over the White House to a reality show....

    November 26, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. John in Tampa

    And we should do what about it? Impeach somebody? Sheesh.

    November 26, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Fitz in Texas

    Is there anything this administration gets correct? NO NO NO and NO!

    November 26, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. aware

    Typos and crashers are to be expected from a novice who can read but not lead!

    Roll on 2010 & 2012! 🙂

    November 26, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. Maximus

    CNN continues to devolve into a tabloid-like array of shouting heads and stories not worthy of any lines, let alone headlines. The fall has been fast and it is sad.

    November 26, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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