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November 20, 2007

Former White House pastry chef signs new cookbook

Chef Roland Mesnier, world-renowned former pastry chef for the White House, will sign copies of his books 3-5 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers®, 101 Visitor Center Dr. The books include “Roland Mesnier’s Basic to Beautiful Cakes,” “Dessert University: More Than 300 Spectacular Recipes and Essential Lessons from White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier”; and “All the Presidents’ Pastries: Twenty-Five Years in the White House, A Memoir.”

His most recent book, “Basic to Beautiful Cakes,” shows how to create desserts that can be beautifully embellished to serve any occasion by using a small set of foolproof cake recipes. The easy-to-follow instructions for these time-tested recipes anticipate pitfalls and offer sensible suggestions for when it is worth to invest in high-end ingredients and equipment and when you can get by without them, and how to peel and slice fruit for the most attractive results. Chef Mesnier takes readers through every step of each carefully constructed recipe, ensuring that their cakes will be delicious and spectacular every time.

Mesnier also will be at Colonial Williamsburg’s Williamsburg Inn for the holiday season for two programs. “A White House Tea” will be held 2 p.m. Dec. 5-6. Cost is $40. During “A White House Christmas,” Mesnier joins Colonial Williamsburg chefs to create holiday favorites fit for presidents and reminiscent of traditions celebrated at the White House 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5-6. The cost is $95. To register, 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 a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. 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

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