Joe Biden is getting a coast-to-coast taste of Canada on his first official visit as U.S. president.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie will host a dinner Friday night in honour of the Bidens at the Ottawa Aviation Museum that will also feature a number of musical performances.
Before they get to the dinner, Biden will spend the day in meetings with Trudeau and senior Canadian officials, with his speech to Parliament at 2 p.m. Eastern followed by a joint media availability in the afternoon.
Jill Biden and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau will spend the morning visiting the National Gallery of Canada and the Rideau Curling Club.
At dinner, a mouth-watering, three-course meal will be served featuring ingredients from across the country.
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The dinner includes yellowfin tuna from the East Coast, Alberta beef braised short rib, Quebec maple mousse cake and cabernet from an Ontario winery.
The meal is being prepared by Saskatoon chef Kenton Leier and the National Arts Centre catering team.
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Leier has previously cooked for celebrities, politicians and dignitaries, according to his bio.
The guest list is not public, but past and present ambassadors, MPs, senators and Indigenous representatives are expected to attend.
Here is the full menu being prepared for Friday night, as shared by Trudeau’s office with Motorcycle accident toronto today.
Cedar salt and seaweed-crusted rare-seared East Coast yellowfin tuna
White bean hummus, cucumber, [pickled] radish and bitter greens
Flax seed cracker and lemon parsley emulsion
Alberta beef braised short rib
Butternut squash purée and Yukon gold potato Pavé
Wildflower honey-roasted carrots and fine green Beans
Pelée Island cabernet sauvignon jus
Wild blueberry and Quebec maple mousse cake
Screech rum caramel and sweetgrass meringue
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Food is not the only thing on the menu tonight, as number of performances from Canadian singers and bands are planned.
The reception will feature pop singer Tyler Shaw from Coquitlam, B.C., Inuit throat singers, a Métis dance group and Eagle River, an Algonquin drum group.
Alan Doyle, Newfoundland musician and lead singer of folk rock band Great Big Sea, will also perform a song.
After dinner, Montreal artist Charlotte Cardin will play two songs, one that is yet to released on her next album.
The dinner will be attended by several prominent Canadians, including NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh as well as the “Two Michaels.”
Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were freed from a Chinese prison in September 2021 after being held for more than 1,000 days in what was seen as retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese business woman in Canada at the request of the United States.
Kovrig and Spavor were freed after Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was released from house arrest in Vancouver, and allowed to return home to China after securing a deal to drop U.S. charges against her.
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