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Obama Hosts State Dinner for Korean President Lee

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama and the first lady are hosting a State Dinner Thursday night in honor of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and first lady Kim Yoon-ok, replete with Korean influences and distinct American flair.

The East Room of the White House was transformed into a “celebration of an early Fall Harvest,” with centerpieces of green and red apples, cut-outs of fall leaves projected on the ceiling in yellow and red hues, and hibiscus flowers, the national flower of Korea, prominently featured.

The menu, which highlights vegetables from first lady Michelle Obama’s garden, includes butternut squash bisque, a salad of daikon sheets and masago rice pearl crispies, a nod to Korean traditions, and Texas Wagyu beef for the main event. For dessert, guests will be treated to a classic chocolate cake layered with Korean and American pears.

The after-dinner entertainment was to feature performances by the Ahn Trio and selections by Janelle Monáe.

The three American sisters that make up the trio were born in Seoul, South Korea, and have “earned a distinguished reputation for embracing 21st century classical music with their unique style and innovative collaborations,” according to the White House.

Janelle Monáe is a singer-songwriter from Kansas City, Kan., whose “innovative style melds a redefined pop sensibility with an extraordinary mash-up of soul, funk and rock n’ roll.”

Thursday marks the sixth Korean state visit to the U.S.

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