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August 21, 2014

Eva Longoria: Could She Be Here for the Food?

Actress Eva Longoria made one of her not-infrequent stops in Washington on Wednesday to testify on Capitol Hill, and she told HOH there’s a good reason to come to D.C. other than for political/policy reasons or the cherry blossoms.

“I’m a big foodie,” she told HOH, saying Washington’s burgeoning restaurant scene is home to some great eats.

Eva Longoria: Could She Be Here for the Food?

Longoria has a lot of reasons to visit Washington. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Longoria was testifying before the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee on the government’s role in the affairs of minority and female small-business owners on Wednesday morning.

“Statistics show that Latinas are incredibly entrepreneurial,” Longoria told the panel’s chairwoman, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., during her testimony.

No stranger to D.C. or politics, Longoria was a national co-chairwoman of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and then helped out on the 2013 inaugural committee as well.

Eva Longoria: Could She Be Here for the Food?

Longoria arrives for Obama’s 2013 inauguration on the West Front of the Capitol on Jan. 21. (Win McNamee/Pool/Getty Images File Photo)

Longoria reminded the panel Wednesday morning that she and Howard G. Buffett, son of big-time investor Warren Buffett, run a foundation that provides microloans and education to Latina upstarts.

She claimed that her expertise in these matters comes in part from being a little entrepreneurial herself: Longoria owns Beso, a high-end Hollywood restaurant whose 48-oz. porterhouse sells at a princely $95. (It’s a meal for two, the menu reassures.)

Longoria also opened a second Beso in Las Vegas, but it ran into financial trouble and closed.

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