State Dinner Menu from The West Wing

State Dinner Menu from The West Wing


Menu used as a prop at a state dinner on the NBC television drama The West Wing. In Season 1, Episode 7, “The State Dinner,” the new president of Indonesia and his wife Mrs. Siguto come to the White House for a state dinner in their honor. One of these menus was on each plate on the tables for the state dinner. The menu lists “Grilled Salmon” with “Green Peppercorns Sauce” as one of the courses at the dinner. This becomes a running joke throughout the episode as President Bartlet and other staff members talk to the president of Indonesia and members of his staff about the dinner, and they continually reply that they do not like salmon.

The West Wing is a one-hour drama that aired on NBC from September 22, 1999 to May 14, 2006. It is set in Washington, D.C., and follows the fictional Democratic President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen) and his senior West Wing staff behind-the-scenes during political and personal issues through two terms of office. The creator, Aaron Sorkin, was the lead writer for almost all of the episodes in the first four seasons, working with fellow executive producers Thomas Schlamme and John Wells. The West Wing is known for its quick dialogue and shots of staff walking and talking through the hallways of the White House—known as “walk and talks.” The series won 26 Emmy Awards and 3 Golden Globes.

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overall: 19 cm x 14 cm; 7 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in
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