Headliners Dinner with Swiss Ambassador H.E. Martin Dahinden

Wharton Club members & their guests are invited to Dinner at National Press Club with the Ambassador, featuring recipes from his cookbook, "Beyond Muesli and Fondue: The Swiss Contribution to Culinary History."


  • The National Press Club's Events and International Correspondents Teams are announcing an evening with Martin Dahinden, ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, on Monday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fourth Estate Restaurant.   
  • The event, part of the Club's Ambassador Series, will include a Q&A session with Dahinden. Ambassador Dahinden will discuss his new cookbook, "Beyond Muesli and Fondue: The Swiss Contribution to Culinary History". All dishes to be served are taken from the cookbook, which include historic dishes invented by famous Swiss chefs and hoteliers, but updated for contemporary tastes.
  • Swiss cuisine is rich in anecdotes highlighting Swiss political history and the cultural landscape. Ambassador Dahinden will discuss cuisine as a means of communication, drawing upon his research and personal experiences as a diplomat.
  • Ambassador Dahinden is also the author of the German-language volume, "Swiss Kitchen Secrets: Faces and Stories Behind Famous Dishes."
  • The cocktail reception will run from  6:30-7:00, followed by a short address by Ambassador Dahinden.  A question and answer period will occur after the main course is served.  Dessert and a closing cocktail, also from the cookbook, will cap the evening.
  • Copies of the cookbook will be available for purchase.


MENU SELECTION of Ambassador Dahinden:

Passed hors d‘oeuvres

• Raclette
• Waldorf Salad
• Almond Seville Orange Soup


• Ritz Fizz Cocktail

Second Course 

• Chipotle braised beef short ribs with fried polenta


• Chocolate, coffee, and Baked Alaska


• Mazagran à la Général Dufour

Meet the Ambassador:

  • Martin Dahinden was appointed by the Swiss government as the ambassador2018-09-17-amb-martin-dahinden of Switzerland to the United States on Oct. 6, 2015.
  • Prior to that, he served as director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) from 2008 to 2014 and headed the Directorate of Corporate Management of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) from 2004 to 2008.
  • During his long career in the Swiss diplomatic service, Ambassador Dahinden has served as director of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, as a member of the Swiss Delegation to GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade), at the Embassy of Switzerland in Paris, as deputy to the Swiss ambassador in Nigeria and in a temporary posting at the Swiss Mission to the United Nations in New York. In addition, he worked in the FDFA's Service for Disarmament Policy and Nuclear Issues, as head of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Service of the Directorate of Political Affairs, and he held the position of deputy head of the OSCE Coordination Unit during the Swiss chairmanship of the OSCE in 1996.
  • The following year, he was sent abroad as deputy head of the Swiss Mission to NATO in Brussels. Ambassador Dahinden was born in Zurich in 1955.
  • He earned a Ph.D. in economics (business administration) from the University of Zurich. Before joining the diplomatic service, he worked as a postgraduate assistant at the university and was then employed by a bank and a publishing house. Ambassador Dahinden is married to Anita Dahinden and they have two children, Robert and Andrea.

Where: National Press Club, Fourth Estate Dining Room, 13th Floor, 14th & F Streets, N.W., just two blocks from Metro Center
Metro, Parking: Metro Center; several private garages within a few blocks.
Attire: Business

  • President's Club & Lifetime Members: Two complimentary places each, subject to availability.
  • Other Members: $25/person for current Wharton Club members and their guests only.
  • You must reserve in advance on our site. We have only a limited number of seats, so Members may purchase seats only for themselves and up to three guests, if desired. (Photo: on the Natl Press Club website, press.org)

Click here to reserve your seat(s) for this event.



6:30PM - 9:00PM Mon 17 Sep 2018 ( Timezone: Eastern )


The National Press Club, Fourth Estate Dining Room
529 - 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045 USA

[ Get Directions ]

  Enter Waitlist Here...

Please enter your details below and click the 'Add to Waitlist ->' button at the bottom. When tickets become available, you will be notified.
Note: red fields are required.
First Name:
Last Name:
Degree/Year if applicable:
Qty of tickets desired:

Please type the digits shown here into this box:

Look Who's Coming:

Alan Schlaifer
  Wharton Club of DC
Ruwan Salgado
louis sterchi
Sandy Vasan
Axel Kirstetter
Lee Corey
Karen Abbott
  Skadden, Arps
Monique Lass
Guest of Monique Lass
Eliot Shatzman
  Merrill Lynch
Frank Sharp
Nancy Sharp
Marya Pickering
  Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security
Jenny Goldman
Lee Corey
Helen Qubain
  Story Goldmine
Steve Lebischak
  Asius Technologies
... a total of 20 guests.
Note: to opt out from this list please sign in, go to My Account and change your preferences under My RSVPs.

Click here to reserve your seat(s)

for this event.