Your lab unit works for the Chief Protocol at the White House. There will be a State Dinner next week and your task is to create an culturally authentic meal, table setting and room decorations specific to the the country of your choosing. Your teacher will assign a continent. Your group will need to decide what country from that continent to investigate. You will be responsible for developing a nutritionally balanced menu that is aesthetically pleasing, and tasteful. Click here for Elements of a Successful Meal. You will also be responsible for briefing the President and his staff about the proper method of greeting the visiting dignitaries, specific customs associated with social gatherings, and background information about the evolution of these customs.
As a group you will plan the menu for this state dinner. In addition, each of you has been assigned a specific role:
||Determine which foods are commonly eaten, typical menus and meal patterns, popular food dishes
||Research native dress and costume
||Determine how to decorate the East Room and State Dining Room using traditional artifacts and flowers
|Customs for Social Gatherings
||Research acceptable social skills
Using Power Point each group will present their finding to the President and his/her staff (about 15-20 minutes) the significance of their findings including food, table settings, dress, decorations and etiquette required.
In addition the class will assemble a multicultural buffet using one to two recipes from each unit. Your teacher will provide you with dates and specifics about this part of the assessment.
Click State Dinner photos to view pictures of State Dinners and dinner entrees.