When President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden recently visited Ottawa, they were welcomed with a meal that was an expression of the host nation’s culinary culture. The dinner held at Rideau Hall, the official residence of Canada’s Governor General, featured a selection of dishes and ingredients emblematic of the nation’s diverse culinary heritage.
Diverse delicacies comprised the menu, with fare ranging from traditional Canadian cuisine to more contemporary offerings. To begin, guests were served a selection of hors d’oeuvres, including maple-glazed salmon, smoked duck breast with tart cherry compote, and mango and cucumber gazpacho. The main course comprised a trio of roasted duck, caribou, and arctic char, accompanied by wild rice and roasted sweet potato. A selection of traditional Canadian desserts, such as Saskatoon berry crumble and butter tart, concluded the meal.
The dishes selected for the meal were carefully crafted to represent the diversity of Canadian cuisine. The various ingredients used in the meal, including wild rice, roasted sweet potato, tart cherry compote, and Saskatoon berries, were all sourced from local Canadian producers.
The dinner was a celebration of the culinary heritage of Canada and a tribute to the nation’s farmers, producers, and chefs. The meal served to President Biden and the First Lady not only reflected the flavors of Canada but was also a testament to the nation’s commitment to sustainability and responsible sourcing of ingredients.