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Zedillo, Wife Honored at State Dinner

October 10, 1995

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The ornate East Room of the White House was turned into a festive dining room Tuesday for a state dinner honoring President and Mrs. Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico.

President and Mrs. Clinton invited 160 guests to the black-tie state dinner and another 70 for entertainment afterward by the Limon Dance Company, a modern repertory company celebrating its 50th anniversary season. Its founder was Jose Limon, born in Culiacan, Mexico.

Among the guests were Rep. Jim Leach, R-Iowa, who has spearheaded the congressional Whitewater investigation, and Dick Morris, a political consultant credited with urging the president toward a centrist policy since the 1994 midterm elections.

Also among the guests were Geraldine Ferraro, the 1984 Democratic vice presidential candidate, Mexican entertainer Emilio Navaira, pro golfer Lee Trevino and Texas Rep. Kika de la Garza, the senior Democrat and former chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

The room had a fall look, with centerpieces of reddish orange, mocha brown and cream-colored roses, flanked by four classic gold candle sticks.

A huge white tent was set up on the South Lawn for the entertainment. Plans called for guests to return to the White House to the sounds of a mariachi troupe called ``Los Amigos.″ There was dancing in the State Dining Room.

The menu was poached spot prawns and herb cured pacific salmon, spiced partridge breast and a salad of fall field greens, accompanied by three California wines. For dessert: sweet corn and tequila ice cream, lime sauce and Mexican wedding cookies.

The tables were set with a cream base plate and the Reagan china was used for the dinner. The centerpieces were in wine coolers, punch bowls and urns from the White House vermeil collection, some dating to 1740.

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