Wednesday 21 February 2018

Feast echoes JFK's original 1963 meal

THE top-class Irish dishes echoed the menu originally served up to US President John F Kennedy on his visit to Ireland 50 years ago, writes Louise Hogan.

And as in 1963, there had been jokes about a run on white tie suits for the occasion.

But on this occasion the State dinner at Iveagh House in Dublin – held on the same day 50 years ago – was a far less formal affair.

Guests tucked into wild Irish salmon, followed by the combination of Irish beef with peas, and with a nod to the Kennedys' homestead, those with a sweet-tooth savoured the Wexford strawberries with cream. In addition to the food, the wines served also echoed the Irish and US connections, with a Paul Dolan white wine served from an Irish-American vineyard.

Among the Kennedys in attendance were Caroline Kennedy and former ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith.

Irish Independent

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