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December 2, 2008

Popular Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier prepares holiday favorites in the Regency Room

Experience the elegant traditions celebrated over the years at our nation’s premiere residence – the White House – with a chef who spent 25 years in the kitchen there. Chef Roland Mesnier returns to the Williamsburg Inn’s Regency Room for the third year on Dec. 17 and 18 to team up with Executive Chef Hans Schadler and the Williamsburg Inn culinary staff to prepare White House favorites for the season.

Among the holiday selections of five presidents included on the menu are such delights as President Carter’s chicken and truffle ballotine, President Reagan’s herb crusted Angus beef tenderloin and President Clinton’s seared sea bass. Each course includes a sampling of fine wines and is narrated with nostalgic stories from inside the White House walls. As always, Chef Mesnier concludes the meal with an incredible dessert presentation.

Chef Mesnier – one of nine children – was born in a tiny village in France and started as an apprentice in the kitchen at the age of 14. He joined the White House staff during the Carter administration and served as the White House pastry chef for 25 years, claiming never to have made the same dessert twice. Chef Mesnier’s jovial personality, quick wit and passion for his work make him a guest favorite. Enjoy a White House Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18 in the Regency Room at the Williamsburg Inn, 136 East Francis St. in Williamsburg. Price is $115 and includes tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 1-800-404-3389.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as the nation’s largest living history museum. The Colonial Williamsburg Company, a subsidiary of the Foundation, operates a Resort Collection with more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six restaurants, and 66,000 square feet of conference space centered at the Williamsburg Lodge, as well as a new 20,000-square-foot spa, and the Golden Horseshoe golf courses. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at or

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