Washington and media elite were well-represented, too, at the fete for French President Francois Hollande
The White House's first state dinner in nearly two years, honoring French President Francois Hollande, took a page from the annual correspondents’ dinner — with several Hollywood luminaries in attendance including J.J. Abrams, Bradley Cooper, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jeff Zucker, Mindy Kaling, Cicely Tyson and Stephen Colbert.
Those were just a few among the who's-who of 350 guests — which also included Washington and media elite — released by The White House late Tuesday. Abrams came with wife Katie McGrath, while Cooper brought main squeeze Suki Waterhouse.
Others in attendance included New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson and business magnate/inventor Elon Musk. Dinner was in a tent on the South Lawn, where The White House says guests will feast on the best of American dining.
The appetizer included American Osetra Caviar from Illinois, quail eggs from Pennsylvania and potatoes from Idaho, New York, and California. The main course was ribeye beef from Colorado with farm blue cheese from Vermont. And for dessert: a combination of chocolate malted cake and produce featuring cocoa from Hawaii, tangerines from Florida and ice cream from Pennsylvania.
Grammy Award winner Mary J. Blige was part of the night's entertainment.
At least one guest was excited to meet the French president:
– Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) February 11, 2014