THE PRESIDENT AND MRS. CLINTON HONOR
HIS EXCELLENCY V└CLAV HAVEL,
PRESIDENT OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC
AND MRS. HAVLOV└
WASHINGTON, DC - - The President and Mrs. Clinton are hosting his Excellency Vßclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic, and Mrs. Havlovß at a White House State Dinner on Wednesday, September 16, 1998. President and Mrs. Havel will arrive at the North Portico at 7:15 p.m.
Guests will be received by the President and Mrs. Clinton, and President and Mrs. Havel in the Cross Hall of the White House. Following the receiving line, the President and Mrs. Clinton will escort President and Mrs. Havel into the East Room for dinner.
The tables in the East Room will be set with Eisenhower gold base plates; the Truman china will be used for service. Kennedy Morgantown crystal and gold vermeil flatware will be set on celadon green damask tablecloths. The gold candelabra from the Vermeil Collection will be surrounded by beige Sahara roses, salmon Donna roses, white hydrangea and votive candles.
Following the dinner, guests will be entertained in the East Room by Lou Reed.
STATE DINNER MENU
September 16, 1998
Gingered Pheasant Consomme
Ravioli of Chanterelles and Sweet Potatoes
Pheasant Confit on Lemon Spinach
Roasted Salmon with Honey Spice Glaze
Carrot and Corn Risotto
Charred Tomato Compote
Baked Artichokes and Oregano Marinated Goat's Cheese
Late Summer Greens
with Chive Garlic Dressing
Caramel Rum Raisin Ice Cream
Poached Pear in Red Wine Sauce
Sour Cherry Pate de Fruite
Lewis Chardonnay "Reserve" 1996
Archery Summit Pinot Noir 1994
Roederer "White House Cuvee" 1991
STATE DINNER ENTERTAINMENT IN THE EAST ROOM:
Born in Brooklyn more than fifty years ago, Lou Reed first became famous as the main singer and songwriter of the legendary band, Velvet Underground. Like many other groups from that era, the band chronicled the ways and means of the community in which they lived.
In the mid 1960s, Mr. Reed introduced a revolutionary new style of vocals which enabled the lead singer to tell a story, in an informal and conversational style. Through his lyrics, he communicates his life experiences to the audience, including his journeys through the underworld of New York City. More than thirty years after the start of his musical career, he has perfected an electric, diamond sound that no other artist can equal.
Mr. Reed was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and was awarded the Chevalier Commander of Arts and Letters by the French government in 1992. A recent PBS American Masters series paid homage to Mr. Reed, with an in-depth documentary of his many achievements, aptly titled, "Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart." His newly released album, "Perfect Night," is a compilation spanning the career and life of Lou Reed.
PRESIDENT CLINTON'S GIFT TO PRESIDENT HAVEL:
The official gift for President Havel from President Clinton on the occasion of his State Visit to Washington, D.C. is a hand-crafted sterling silver cachepot from Tiffany & Co. The piece features an etched border design inspired by a cornice found in the East Room of the White House and an etched floral design taken from the fireplaces in the Green and Red Rooms of the White House. The flower in the center is a dogwood blossom, a tree frequently found in the President's home state of Arkansas. The cachepot was designed exclusively as a gift for President Clinton to present for the State visit. The Presidential Seal is engraved on the bottom of the Tiffany silver piece.
MRS. CLINTON'S GIFT TO MRS. HAVLOV└:
The official gift for Mrs. Havlovß from Mrs. Clinton is Judith Leiber hand-beaded evening bag. This particular bag has white rhinestones and gold trim.
OFFICIAL DELEGATION GIFT:
The official gift for members of the Czech Republic delegation is a Tiffany & Co. silver-plated 12" Chippendale tray with an inscription commemorating President Havel's State Visit to Washington.
PRESIDENT HAVEL'S GIFT TO PRESIDENT CLINTON:
President Clinton received a large crystal glass vase presented in a blue leather case with a brass plaque inscription to the President.
MRS. HAVLOV└'S GIFT TO MRS. CLINTON:
Mrs. Clinton received a painting and a book, entitled Jiri Anderle.
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