Congress Cooks: Playing Beyond Politics

“My dish tastes like nothing else,” was a common phrase used by policymakers Wednesday night at the March of Dimes 31st Annual Gourmet Gala, held at the National Building Museum.   Over 40 Congressmen turned Chef for the night — competing in a charitable cook-off to raise money for the organization, which was founded by late President Franklin Roosevelt and aims to prevent premature birth defects and infant mortality.

Mrs. Dianne Isakson and Joan Kirchner

Coinciding with the organization’s 75th anniversary, this year’s Gourmet Gala was a plated political powerhouse.   Guests began by trying different dishes, tempted by policymakers promoting their signature — or famous state — dishes and roasting each other, too.

Speaker of the House John Boehner was on hand to direct the action from plate to the podium — which included a moving speech by FDR’s granddaughter Elizabeth Roosevelt, who shared her personal story with the Foundation and her children —  and to present the night’s awards for best dishes.

“Best in Show” went to Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (TX) and his wife Marty for their gourmet guacamole (judged by the list of celebrity chefs from notable restaurants in the city) and Congressman Alan img_0278Nunnelee (MS) and wife Tori took home “People’s Choice” for their Slow Cooker Grits with Bourbon Mushrooms.

The event raised close to a million dollars and each guest left with a copy of all recipes served!

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