President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were wowed on Saturday night at the Toronto G-20 Leaders' Dinner with the best foods Canada has to offer from its many different regions, with a spotlight on beef, artisanal cheeses, organic produce, and hand-made chocolates. The special dinner, held at the Royal York Hotel, was hosted by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife, Mrs. Laureen Harper.
Mrs. Obama, according to a spokesperson from the East Wing, was attired in a dress by designer Azzedine Alaïa, whom she has worn before. The First Lady's jewelry was "costume" and vintage, and sourced from Toronto's N&N Vintage. (Above: The President and First Lady with Prime Minister and Mrs. Harper)
After walking the G-20 Red Carpet (above), President and Mrs. Obama joined the other world leaders for a special reception. The G-20 leaders and spouses then split off for separate dinners; the leaders were working.
The dinner, overseen by the Royal York's Executive Chef David Garcelon, was served on white bone Villeroy & Boch china.
Dinner began with an appetizer of fresh Atlantic seafood. For the entree, custom-aged filet mignon from the Spring Creek Ranch in Alberta was served, and it was flown in especially for the occasion.
A sampling of cheeses from across the provinces followed, and included a blue Juliette from Saltspring Island, B.C., and a Toscano from Ontario’s Monforte Dairy. Two Quebec artisan offerings were also included: Le Belle de Jersey from Les Bergeries du Fjord and La Fleurmier from Laiterie Charlevoix.
A dessert buffet featured Nanaimo bars and the work of two Toronto chocolatiers.
Each course was paired with red and white Canadian wines.
Two of the world leaders in attendance are vegetarians, and were served a Portobello mushroom stuffed with cheese instead of filet mignon as the entree, according to Canada's Globe and Mail.
After dinner, the couples reconvened for a performance by the Canadian Tenors, a popular group of "four gifted young men with diverse vocal styles, undeniable charm and international success," according to their website, which also notes their recent television appearances on Oprah and Dr. Phil.