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May 28, 2015

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May 28, 2015

Gird Your Loins for Testy Fest 2015

Always fantasized about taking the proverbial bull by the balls? The Montana State Society wants to help turn that dream into a reality via the 11th Annual Testy Fest.

Gird Your Loins for Testy Fest 2015

(Courtesy Montana State Society)

The offalpalooza — scheduled to take place June 6 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the American Legion in Arlington, Va., (3445 N. Washington Blvd.) — promises the usual: all-you-can-eat gonads (One day, Taste of America, one day!), rivers of Canadian whisky and domestic suds, live music and the admiration of fellow Treasure Staters.

Advance tickets start at $25; the price is projected to rise to $30 for on-site sales. Full story

May 22, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of May 18, 2015 (Video)

Members prepared for the holiday weekend by asking rhetorical questions, spit-shining their boots and potty-training the Capitol Police.

Full story

May 21, 2015

Conservatives Take a Break From Chick-fil-A

Some things belong to each other. Chocolate and peanut butter, as the good people at Reese’s point out. A sad guitar and a hardshell case, as Bright Eyes notes. And, as HOH asserts, a monthly discussion with House conservatives and Chick-fil-A.

But all good panel discussion food pairings must come to an end — or something like that. Full story

By Matt Fuller Posted at 5 a.m.
Food, HillSide

May 20, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of May 11, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers spent the week locating Ruby Ridge on a map, snapping selfies with pigs and preparing for bazooka-armed lesser prairie chickens.

Full story

May 14, 2015

Sea Change for Taste of America?

Call us crazy, but this could be the most delicious — and nautical — Roll Call Taste of America yet.

Nearly half of the regional showdowns happening in Round Two (voting wraps Friday) involve a seafood component.

Sea Change for Taste of America?

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

And, in many cases, said underwater spoils are leading their earth-bound opponents. Full story

GOP Aide Rises to the (Special) Occasion

GOP Aide Rises to the (Special) Occasion

(Christine Martin/Instagram)

For the most part, the experimental projects self-styled baker Christine Martin conjures up on any given weekend wind up in the bellies of her office mates.

Had the itch. #chocolate #caramel #seasalt #staytuned #sunday #cupcakes

A photo posted by Politics to Pastries (@politicstopastries) on

But there was that time one of her homespun treats made its way to the dinner table of the highest-ranking Republican in the House. Quite an accomplishment for a budding pastry artist. Full story

May 8, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of May 4, 2015 (Video)

Even with one chamber out, lawmakers “ruined” their reputations offering “friendly” amendments, paying tribute to euthanized rabbits and quoting Austin Powers on the Senate floor.

Full story

Breakfast in the Capital, Shake Shack Style

Mornings at Union Station just got a bit brighter.

Shake Shack, the New York City-based burger, hot dog and shake shop, will start offering breakfast at the Union Station location on Monday, May 11th. The expanded offerings are expected to be available Monday through Friday from 7 to 10:30 a.m.

Breakfast in the Capital, Shake Shack Style

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

This is the third Shake Shack location to offer breakfast and the first in the D.C. area; Shake Shacks at JFK Airport and Grand Central Station in New York also have the option.

The expanded carte features breakfast offerings forged from: Martin’s potato rolls (same as on the burgers), Pat LaFrieda sausage, applewood-smoked bacon and cage-free eggs supplied by Niman Ranch, as well as American cheese.

Stumptown cold brew coffee (unadulterated stuff comes in stubby bottles, the half-and-half doctored variety in cartons) and fresh-squeezed orange juice round out the new recruits. Full story

May 6, 2015

Carving Up the Early Taste of America Contenders

Our in-house dining war is just getting started. But curious trends are already emerging in Roll Call’s Taste of America competition.

Winnowing of the first round contenders is scheduled to conclude Friday, so it’s still anybody’s ball game.

Interesting developments so far include:

Hottest Ticket

Arizona pork chimichangas vs. Wyoming bison burgers: With more than 4,500 votes between them and just a 1,200 vote differential dividing them (at press time, chimichangas enjoyed the sizable lead), this showdown was the most compelling. Full story

May 5, 2015

Chow Down for Charity at Biscuit Bash

Hump day goes humanitarian this week with the help of the real American heroes: biscuit sandwich-crafting toques.

Chow Down for Charity at Biscuit Bash

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Art and Soul restaurant has invited local chefs to compete in the second annual Biscuit Bash. The friendly cook-off, scheduled to take place Wednesday on the Art and Soul patio from 6 to 8 p.m., doubles as a fundraiser for DC Central Kitchen and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Full story

May 4, 2015

Robin Kelly’s Version of ‘Cheers’

Robin Kelly’s Version of ‘Cheers’

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Robin Kelly plans to kill two birds with one stone Thursday — celebrating her 59th birthday (again) and raising some coin for her campaign coffers — during a little get-together at Bocce’s Bar and Grill.

Although the second-term Democrat already marked her actual nameday (April 30) in the office (“Staff did surprise her with her favorite coconut cake,” Team Kelly said of the vanilla-frosted, shaved coconut-covered centerpiece procured from Harris Teeter.), the suburban Chicago watering hole (3909 Lincoln Highway, Matteson, Ill.) got the nod to serve as host for a second round of festivities.

The fundraiser (tickets start at $29 per person) is scheduled to take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Robin Kelly’s Version of ‘Cheers’

(Screenshot)

“Bocce’s is her ‘Cheers.’ She has celebrated many occasions there from her husband’s birthday to sorority events. But, really it’s the everyday normalcy of Bocce’s that she loves,” a Kelly aide told HOH about the congresswoman’s affinity for the local hang-out. “It’s her favorite place to go and spend time with friends and neighbors who’ve become an extended family over the years, people who know her as just ‘Robin.’” Full story

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of April 27, 2015 (Video)

Members spent last week on Capitol Hill playing with BB guns, recommending sewage-based water fountains and searching for Dr. Pepper.

Full story

May 1, 2015

Angus King Not Afraid to Cut Corners in the Kitchen

If knowing when to delegate authority is in fact a hallmark of brilliant leaders, someone hand Sen. Angus King the keys to the Oval Office right freaking now.

Angus King Not Afraid to Cut Corners in the Kitchen

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Maine independent may not have taken any of the top honors Wednesday night at the March of Dimes’ annual Gourmet Gala, but he’s got our vote for most creative problem solver.

Rather than wrack his brains for a family tradition that might have helped him surmount the culinary offerings presented by fellow solons, King threw red meat at the problem: barbecue from Kenny’s Smokehouse, to be exact. Full story

April 29, 2015

Pols to Put Their Best Feast Forward at Gourmet Gala

Attendees at the March of Dimes’ Gourmet Gala Wednesday should expect to see some new faces peeking back at them from behind the congressionally run tasting booths scheduled to dot the floor of the National Building Museum.

Pols to Put Their Best Feast Forward at Gourmet Gala

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The annual fundraiser is typically one of the better-attended events of the season, garnering bipartisan support from newcomers and cook-off vets alike.

When the curtain rises at 6:30 p.m. for this year’s dine-around, a number of novice contenders are expected to spoon-feed the philanthropic community their best awards bait.

Per an event aide, the roster of first-time “chefs” includes: Sens. John Boozman, R-Ark., Chris Coons, D-Del., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, David Perdue, R-Ga., and Mark Warner, D-Va., as well as Reps. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., and Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga. Full story

Hill Center Is ‘on Fire’

Hill Center Is on Fire

A friendly reminder posted in the vestibule of the days-away-from-opening Bayou Bakery at Hill Center. (Courtesy Bayou Bakery)

Hillites, strap on your hungry pants now. Hill Center is poised to serve up a long-awaited eatery and has cooked up a new grilling curriculum.

Countdown to Crescent City Chow

He’s put down roots across the river, but New Orleans native David Guas said he fell in love with Capitol Hill when he first moved to the north.

Hill Center Is on Fire

Bayou Bakery founder and Travel Channel host Gaus. (Courtesy Scott Suchman)

During an April 27 discussion about his new cookbook, “Grill Nation,” Guas said that after relocating from the Big Easy, he spent a good deal of time at the home of then-Roll Call publisher Mary Glassman and her husband, ex-Roll Call editor James Glassman.

He found the environs intoxicating, noting that the wealth of historic properties and vibrant community reminded him of lazy days spent lounging on stoops in the French Quarter, drinking in the scenery by observing those “having way too much fun” as they stumbled by.

He’s jazzed to officially become a part of the fabric of the neighborhood with the debut of his sophomore establishment. Full story

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