Donald Trump is on the burrata bandwagon
Donald Trump’s U.K. state visit has been a tour de force of gourmet state dinners, royal family politic, and, obviously steak. A state banquet with the Queen; a lunch with Theresa May cooked by a British celebrity chef; Trump had been a guest. Last night, though, was the reciprocation: the opportunity for the president of the United States to prove his credentials of taste, decorum, and service to the world at a dinner with Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and various other dignitaries.
And so, a menu written in nauseatingly filigree cursive, a menu of fresh burrata, heritage tomatoes, basil, and Maldon sea salt; grilled beef, natch, as a main, and a dessert of fruit, ice cream, and a muscovado tuile. The takeaways? British state occasions remain bizarrely wedded to French food; burrata’s implacable rise has reached the highest echelons of diplomacy; Donald Trump can’t get seasonal produce for even his most important dinners; Donald Trump really can’t go very long without sinking his teeth into some once-bloody flesh.
If you think being a prince or president is pure glamour, feast your eyes on this staggeringly dreary menu served tonight by Trump at the US embassy for Prince Charles. Tomato salad; steak and chips; fruit salad and ice cream. Sponsored wine. Its where appetite goes to die. pic.twitter.com/Nr0B3JnLpP— Jay Rayner (@jayrayner1) June 4, 2019
And in other news...
- Hedone, the game-changing, Michelin-starred Chiswick restaurant, has closed after eight years.
- Disgraced motorsport magnate Flavio Briatore has pivoted to pizza. Crazy pizza.
- Cadbury and Oreos are partnering to dip Oreos into Dairy Milk in a crunchy manifestation of the Special Relationship.
- Some terrible people rode a horse into a McDonald’s. [The Takeout]
- Budweiser’s sponsorship campaign for U.K. Pride is both surprisingly inclusive and very problematic. [The Takeout]
- Food recalls — the American phenomenon that the U.K. is really catching on to. This week: listeria in two Cadbury desserts. [The Daily Post]
- Good tweet:
That awkward moment when the Queen invites you to dinner but you just ate Boris Johnson pic.twitter.com/WEu5gB2a8H— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) June 3, 2019