Bill Clinton made a long-anticipated appearance in the upstate New York village where his daughter is getting married, drawing crowds of onlookers Friday afternoon as preparations continued largely out of sight for the grand and secretive occasion. The former president, looking fit and relaxed in blue jeans and a black knit shirt, walked with security a few blocks north from the picturesque village’s main intersection to the restaurant Gigi Trattoria.

Gigi Trattoria
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572-1356
(845) 876-1007

“Hudson Valley Mediterranean” best describes the Gigi Hudson Valley menus. We proudly present delectable fare prepared with seasonal ingredients that highlight the bounty of the farms, gardens, and food artisans of the Hudson Valley. Enjoy Mediterranean flavors at Gigi Trattoria, the award-winning restaurant in Rhinebeck, Gigi Market, our daytime café and farmer’s market at Greig Farm in Red Hook, in the stately Alumnae House at Vassar College, or at the location of your choice with Gigi Catering.”

Chelsea Clinton is expected to marry her longtime boyfriend, investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, at a ceremony Saturday evening attended by 400 to 500 people at the grand Astor Courts, an estate on the scenic east bank of the Hudson River. Rumors had abounded for weeks leading up to Friday, including one that Rhinebeck was an elaborate decoy planned by the media-shy Chelsea and that the wedding would be elsewhere. The VIP guest list is said to include such A-listers as Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and some of the Clintons’ powerful political allies, and the village was filling up with the curious hoping to catch a glimpse of an honored guest.