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June 9, 2009

Former White House pastry chef signs book at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers®

Chef Roland Mesnier, world-renowned former pastry chef for the White House, will sign copies of his books June 22 from 3-5 p.m. and June 23 from 4-6 p.m. 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 gained decades of experience in the White House kitchen under 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.

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.

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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