A clash of congressional cuisine

March of Dimes

It was a clash of the congressional cuisine Wednesday night at the March of Dimes Gourmet Gala as House members and senators battled for votes for their homemade dishes.

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Thirty-eight members of Congress participated in the annual event at the National Building Museum, serving up hors d’oeuvres based on their recipes.

So who whipped up some award-winning dishes?

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and his wife, Abby, took home the Best Presentation Award for their stuffed artichoke bottoms with red pepper coulis, while Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and wife Julianne were given the Health and Happiness Award for their Sea Island shrimp.

Other award winners included: Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Vicki Risch for their Idaho potato lollipops, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Kris Toomey snagged the Easiest Preparation Award for their baked honey raisin brie, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) and his wife walked away with the Best in Show Award for their Tony’s chowder, and Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas) and Rose Vela won the People’s Choice Award for their tacos de Chamorro.

Recipes for all of the dishes from the congressional chefs can be found on the March of Dimes website.

The 32nd annual Gourmet Gala raised more than $900,000 for the March of Dimes’ mission of preventing premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality.

The Hill served as a media sponsor of the event.

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