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. Reader511

    THIS is news? Who cares about a few words that may or may not be spelled wrong?

    As usual, CNN is trying to use misdirection to force people to focus on something as stupid as possible typos on a menu, when there are soldiers dying in Afghanistan and Iraq. Focus, CNN, focus!

    The real issue here is these 2 idiots who were able to get past the Secret Service and get into the dinner. Let's hope criminal charges are filed against them and they do some jail time.

    November 26, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. mehrrh

    This is much ado about nothing.

    Insofar as foreign word spelling, give the typist a pass.

    An atlas could have been consulted for the county where the wine was produced, but really, isn't this a wee bit petty?

    We are all accustomed to seeing and hearing grammatical errors in all the media, from people who write copy for a living; this is stretching the criticism a bit too far.

    November 26, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Retired Army in San Antonio

    This is enormously......trivial.

    November 26, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. SammyD

    Come on CNN, lets report on some real news, like climategate, health care bill, czars, most spending ever by one president,, the list goes on and on...

    November 26, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Dean

    To the people whining that this isn't "news": This does not purport to be news. Rather, it is intended to be a lighthearted, entertaining story of the type you might see in any newspaper. If you think it's a waste of time, then why did you bother reading it in the first place? The two glaring things that stand out from all of this are 1) the sad fact that people are so reactionary and defensive, and, even sadder, 2) the low value placed on education, to the point of mockery and abuse of those who feel differently.

    November 26, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Joel

    Who cares about the spelling– just drink the wine and eat the food and zip it!

    November 26, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Karl

    I probably shouldn't have read CNN this morning or clicked on this link. I shall boycott CNN for the rest of the week. I will try to find another site to go to and perhaps extend my boycott. I promise to do this.

    November 26, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. Keith

    This is CNN? God help us.

    November 26, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Canadian eh?

    Really? Come on. Tell it to a 3rd grade class.

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

    Obama was quoted afterewards: "This menu mistake is UNPRECEDENTED! A menu czar will be named within 30 days!

    November 26, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. JS007

    As long as Geithner is better at counting money...

    November 26, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Matt

    They've had so many protocol snafus, if this had been bush, you dem's would have been all over him and more. The fact that it's the golden boy who's making the mistakes and people go who cares just shows the glaring hypocrisy of some of my fellow viewers.

    November 26, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Shamalama DingDong

    If this had happened when Bush was in office, Bush would be called an idiot.

    Now that Obama is in office, everyone claims this is not newsworthy.

    Interesting, people. Very interesting.

    November 26, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. KTX

    From the top to the bottom, this administration is a disaster. Typos on a menu are telling symbols of other failures such as Obama's embarrasing visit to China to economic policies that have only put more people on the street. "Yes we can" has become "Oops, we did."

    November 26, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. sir magneto

    Quite clearly this article is not worth the phosphor it is printed on. Only a terminal-stage yuppie could even conceive of a ferreting out a missing hyphen in "Thibaut-Janisson Brut"

    November 26, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. brad

    CNN you have officially lost all credibility, does anyone care about this? And for that matter, does anyone care that two uninvited guests came to the party? I'd like to see a raise of hands for who actually considers this interesting, or news-worthy. Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 26, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Laurent Canda

    it' s thanksgiving... the business is slow.. Just go home....

    November 26, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Bubba

    Slow news day.

    November 26, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Liam

    This is news? How 'bout the global warming fiasco that's happening right under your noses. You know, the one you haven't even reported on? The leaked e-mails?
    The leaked files – which show 4,000 documents which have allegedly been sent by scientists over the past 13 years – were apparently taken from servers at the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit, which is a world-renowned centre focused on studying climate change. The e-mails apparently show researchers discussing how to 'spin' climate data and how that information should be presented to the media.

    November 26, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. clr

    They are hanging around with high school drop-out Hollywood eletists, and morons who can't manage their own tax bills much less the Nation's balance sheet. Why would they need to proofread a menu for that kind of crew?

    November 26, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Frank Z

    Jounalism has devolved into nothing more then a gossip rag. News, real news goes on. It only survives for 48 hours. When the next celebrity death, or faux pas happens it will be covered for days, or weeks on end. And, on a different subject, every fool has a book that other fools snap up like they are the words of God.

    November 26, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. rimas-CA

    Gelees with an accent in the final "e"... may be, may it won't be a french word! Never ever put an accent in the final "e". The final "e" is a gender indication (feminin)...

    my two cents, or mes deux centimes!

    November 26, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Mike

    All of you who ask "why is this news" or say "so what?" are absolutely correct and your perspective is apt. However, something cynical tells me you were lambasting W for each misstep, mispeak and verbal and grammatical error for 8 years. I'm not saying you're all partisan hack apologists for the Savior, I'm just sayin...

    November 26, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. Patriot

    These mistakes on the menu prove my conspiracy theory once and for all. Obama really is a Muslim, hates America, hates the troops, has an angry wife, doesn't have a birth certificate, wants to kill Grandma, pals with terrorists, isn't proud to be an American and is a Socialist. Thanks for pointing this out,'ve solved the puzzle!

    November 26, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    The typo's on the menu, the breach of security show that Obummie and his folks can't do ANYTHING except tax and spend and run the country in the ground.

    November 26, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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