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Kremlin kitchen planning a $1 million inauguration menu

by at 28/03/2012 19:18


The Kremlin is ready to splash out about $1 million to mark Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s return to presidency in May, according to state tenders site Zakupki.gov.ru.

The lavish party for 1,000 guests is planned to become a showcase for national delicacies, Viktor Khrekov, spokesman for the Presidential Administration, told RBK.

“It’s not necessarily for there to be pelmeni, but definitely it will be variations on Russian cuisine served in a European style,” Khrekov said.


Presidential taste

The tastes of Russia’s president-elect can be taken into account in the final version of the menu, which is yet to be set. But 26 million ruble budget is definitely going to be spent with style.

The vast list of hors d'oeuvre includes scallops with crêpes and mushroom sauce, smoked halibut with young leaves of lettuce, roast duck roulade with rosemary and berry sauce and seafood salad with avocado purée.

And as for the main course, choices include either sturgeon stakes stuffed with vegetables and dressed with the champagne sauce or fried Kamchatka crab with mini-ratatouille and coconut milk cappuccino sauce, RBK reported.


Patriotic trend

No Russian celebration is possible without a shot of vodka, and Putin’s inauguration is not going to be an exception, although an alternative to vodka could be some Russian made brandy.

The list of other drinks on offer will follow the patriotic trend.

Those guests, who prefer to refrain from strong drinks, will have the chance to raise a glass of Pinot Aligote Selection wine produced in the Krasnodar region or Russian famed sparking wine Abrau Durso. Berry beverage Mors and other soft drinks will also be served.


New Kremlin chef

Putin’s first day on the job will also be the time for highly-placed guests to check out the new Kremlin chef, as the contract with Kremlin’s usual catering company was terminated last week, Khrekov said without elaborating on the reason.  

But there is nothing to worry about, he assured, as it’s not the first time the Kremlin has found a new company to be in charge of its official events. Novikov Restaurant Group, which runs numerous restaurants in Moscow and abroad, was called in to help during the New Year season, Khrekov added. 


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