Rogue Creamery’s Rogue River Blue variety recently received an invitation that most of us will only dream of as it earned a spot on the menu at the White House State Dinner. There, it was enjoyed by not only President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, but also French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte.
“We hope that President Biden, President Macron, their families, and guests enjoyed every bite and found that it lived up to its storied reputation as one of the world’s greatest cheeses,” Marguerite Merritt, Rogue Creamery’s Cheese Emissary and Marketing Manager, explained in the press release.
However, this was not Rogue River Blue’s first notable appearance. It was sent to the White House for former President Obama’s Inaugural Ball in 2009, and again in 2013, a release stated. Wheels of the cheese have also been sent to Queen Elizabeth II when the Rogue Creamery team learned she was partial to the cheese.
Rogue River Blue was one of the first American cheeses to win the honor of World Champion at the World Cheese Awards in 2019. It's known for its flavors of pear brandy, truffle, and fig, and the pear liqueur-soaked grape leaves wrapping the wheels.
The First Lady even shared her eagerness to feature the cheese at the event.
“I’m especially excited that we are featuring American cheeses for our cheese course, including Rogue River Blue, the champion of the 2019 World Cheese Awards,” Dr. Jill Biden commented in her announcement on November 30.
Congratulations to Rogue Creamery for this exciting milestone!