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June 13, 2008

Former White House pastry chef returns to WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers® to sign cookbooks

Chef Roland Mesnier, world-renowned former pastry chef for the White House, will sign copies of his books 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 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.”

Mesnier has decades of experience in the White House kitchen and has worked for presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He has created desserts for hundreds of state dinners and other White House occasions.

He also created the professional pastry program at L’Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, Md. Mesnier is the honorary president of the World Cup of Pastry.

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. Chef Mesnier takes readers through every step of each carefully constructed recipe, ensuring that their cakes will be delicious and spectacular every time.

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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