The White House drew criticism in November 2008 when it hosted a dinner for foreign leaders working to resolve the global economic crisis, and its menu included fruitwood-smoked quail with quince gastrique; quinoa risotto; thyme-roasted rack of lamb; tomato, fennel and eggplant fondue; a salad course of endive, baked brie and walnuts; and a pear torte to cap the meal. Among the wines: bottles of Shafer Cabernet "Hillside Select" 2003 — then about $300 per bottle — for the main course.
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