The U.S.-Africa Leadership Summit touched down in the city I currently call home, Washington D.C., two weeks ago. Wherever you went, you would see the different African contingents at conferences, out to dinner, and even shopping at local malls.
From Algeria to Zambia, President Obama welcomed leaders from across the African continent to the nation’s capital for a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the first such event of its kind. The Summit, the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government, built on the President’s trip to Africa in the summer of 2013 and aimed to strengthen ties between the United States and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest-growing regions.
On the final day of the Summit, Barack and Michelle Obama hosted all 50 attending leaders and their spouses at a state dinner at the White House. It was a grand affair with a delicious menu and Lionel Richie performing for the dignitaries.
First question I had was, how do you feed and satisfy leaders from all these African countries?! Eventually when I saw the menu and read up on how the White House chef and her staff chose to cater the dinner, it was quite a fascinating read. I ended up tweeting about it. Here is what I said:
What do you serve to 50 African presidents? Had a look at the menu of the White House Africa Summit dinner. Lots to discuss #africasummit
— Adhis (@chefafrik) August 7, 2014