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Obamas host their largest dinner yet

Published Mar. 15, 2012

Wednesday's giant state dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife — the biggest ever thrown by Barack and Michelle Obama — dished up a potent mix of celebrity glam, corporate heft and political money under a giant party tent on the South Lawn.

The meal: The menu featured bison Wellington, using buffalo tenderloin from North Dakota instead of beef. It included crisped halibut served on braised baby kale from the White House garden.

The guests: Among the 360 guests were actor George Clooney, billionaire Warren Buffett, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, businessman Richard Branson, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, a big fundraiser for Obama's re-election campaign, and Rory McIlroy, the world's No. 1 golfer. Paul Tash, chairman and CEO of Times Publishing Co., and his wife, Karyn, attended.