When Americans think of Canada, they typically think of Tim Hortons, hockey, and and poutine. Even the Obama’s are aware of this, which is why the White House is preparing for its first-ever state dinner with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau with a gourmet meal featuring poutine.


According to Grub Street, in order to make the dish appropriate for a fancy White House dinner, executive chef Cristeta Comerford is swapping regular-cut fries for fancy wafer fries and using duck and a red-wine gravy to top it off. Unlike the huge mess of fries and gravy we have all come to know and love, the White House is opting to create a one-bite canapé out of the dish (because nothing says “upscale” like less food).


Other courses for the night will include Alaskan Halibut “Casseroles” and Roasted Apricot Galette, amongst other treats. But one thing’s for sure: If the U.S. wants to tackle one of Canada’s famed dishes, it better get it right.


[via Grub Street]