After the catering team brought out another batch of crab bisque, Yoho’s wife, Carolyn, took a tentative sip and remarked: “It’s closer, but not it.”

Despite some mild disappointments, the atmosphere remained fun and festive, with guests and competitors mingling merrily over a shared purpose: good food and helping babies.

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The 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes Gourmet Gala not only raised more than $1 million by the end of the night — it also brought awareness to the New Born Screening Saves Lives Act, reauthorizing federal activities that assist states in improving and expanding their newborn screening programs.

House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJim Jordan as Speaker is change America needs to move forward Paul Ryan’s political purgatory Republicans fear retribution for joining immigration revolt MORE (R-Ohio) appeared briefly and commended everyone involved.

“People talk about the gridlock in Washington,” he said in remarks to the crowd. “When it comes to the causes that come to Washington, D.C. — causes accompanying little kids — there’s an awful lot of bipartisanship that I see up here tonight.”

While Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHouse GOP sets three FBI interviews in Clinton probe Trump on collision course with Congress on ZTE The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP centrists in striking distance of immigration vote MORE (R-S.C.) couldn’t make the cook-off because of a late vote, a booth was devoted to his white cheddar caramelized Vidalia onion grits recipe from his favorite Palmetto State restaurant. When asked how Graham must feel, knowing that everyone but him was enjoying his favorite dish, a member of his staff laughed, “He’s dying! Oh, he’s dying!”

Many members used recipes that were popular with their kids or that exemplified their state -- such as Sen. Mark BegichMark Peter BegichPerez creates advisory team for DNC transition The future of the Arctic 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map MORE’s (D-Alaska) Polluck lettuce wraps and Rep. Ruben HinojosaRuben Elroy HinojosaTurning the tables to tackle poverty and homelessness in rural America Ethics: Lawmakers didn’t ‘knowingly’ break rules with Azerbaijan gifts Dems heap praise on Pelosi for trade moves MORE’s (D-Texas) Best in Show Award-winning guacamole. Some of the competitors added some tasty tidbits of information into their dishes as well.

“Ohio is the largest Swiss cheese producer,” said Rep. Robert Latta (R-Ohio) proudly, while describing the ingredients in his open-faced mini Reubens. “And don’t let Wisconsin tell you otherwise!”

No members from the Wisconsin delegation were there to disagree.

Del. Pedro Pierluisi (D-Puerto Rico) presented a traditional dish from his country.

“That’s the best Caribbean rice and chicken ever!” he exclaimed to one of the judges who was caught circling a mediocre score of “three” on the grading sheet.

Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.) got lucky when it came to his People’s Choice Award-winning slow cooker grits with bourbon mushrooms.

“My wife found the recipe,” he said.

He speculated it was the bourbon that made it so popular.

“We had to convince all the northeasterners to try our grits!”

Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier presented all of the awards, including the Regional Cuisine Award to Sen. Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnMr. President, let markets help save Medicare Pension insolvency crisis only grows as Congress sits on its hands Paul Ryan should realize that federal earmarks are the currency of cronyism MORE (R-Okla.) and his wife, Carolyn, for their bison sliders.

“Something tells me they were cost-effective,” quipped Baier.

Although not all of the lawmakers could be winners, the gala still ended on a sweet note — a dessert reception hosted by the event’s co-chairs, Julianne Chambliss, wife of Sen. Saxby ChamblissClarence (Saxby) Saxby ChamblissLobbying World Former GOP senator: Let Dems engage on healthcare bill OPINION: Left-wing politics will be the demise of the Democratic Party MORE (R) and Rep. Gene GreenRaymond (Gene) Eugene GreenOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — New details on Trump's drug pricing plan Repeating history with octane biofuel standards is a huge mistake May brings key primaries across nation MORE’s (R) wife, Helen — featuring delicacies from their home states of Georgia and Texas.

Photos: (left) Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) unveils his North Carolina sweet potato fritters with jalapeno molasses to Liz Roosevelt Johnston (great-granddaughter of March of Dimes founder, former President Franklin D. Roosevelt) and March of Dimes President Dr. Jennifer L. Howse/ Credit: March of Dimes

(right) Sen. Tom Coburn displaying his bison burgers. / Credit: March of Dimes