50 Most Beautiful People for 2011: Page 46 of 50

50 Most Beautiful People for 2011



Age: 25
Hometown: Cherry Hill, N.J.
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: Boyfriend

Ever tasted a Brie cheese, dark chocolate and fresh basil Panini? It’s one of Kate Bluhm’s many specialties.

She also grills watermelon, freezes her own ice cream in exotic flavors and joined her office kickball team just to be “snack mom.”

Bluhm insists she is not a “food snob.” The scheduler for Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezCongress must provide flexible funding for owners of repeatedly flooded properties Senate ethics panel resumes Menendez probe after judge declares mistrial Judge declares mistrial in Menendez bribery case MORE (D-N.J.) keeps a mental list of the best lowbrow food spots around the Capitol complex to get her through those extra-long workdays.

She even arrived to this interview with a cup of cake-batter ice cream.

With so much gastronomic indulgence, how does Bluhm maintain her physique? Not by exercising, she claims.

“Moderation,” she explains.

Bluhm has one other great love, to which she does not apply the same discipline.

“Shoes,” she says. “I love shoes.”

She keeps a collection of more than 20 pairs in her desk drawer.

Bluhm has purchased outfits — many outfits — to match wild pairs of shoes, and she’s proud of it.

She recounts the time she was making a cross-Capitol sprint to deliver a critical document to her boss in the chamber, when her left heel shattered under the strain.

She hobbled on, though, blazing a trail with one functional stiletto through a “field of huddled reporters.”

“You can’t stop,” she explains. “You have to keep going.”

Yes, Bluhm has a boyfriend, but don’t let that deter you from making her acquaintance. She wants to extend an invitation to the entire Capitol Hill community to join her for “Family Dinner,” for which she bakes up a storm at her place in Columbia Heights,Md.

—Josiah Ryan