As this election season prepares to wrap up, voters are making decisions, standing up for what they believe in, and voicing their concerns. And why shouldn’t they? Every vote matters, right? But no matter how you feel about foreign policy, healthcare or the debt ceiling, there is one topic that gets unanimous support here in Washington. And that’s food.
Restaurants throughout the nation’s capital are serving up festive meals and beverages to lighten up the political atmosphere. The only choice one really has to make is, “Sweet or savory?”
Right down the street from the White House, the Occidental Grill has retrieved the cookie recipes submitted by First Lady Michelle Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, for Family Circle magazine’s quadrennial presidential bake-off.
According to Chef Rodney Scruggs, the cookie poll is tracking very close to the actual presidential polls. Ann Romney’s cookie pulled its first lead after the first presidential debate, when her husband made some gains in the polls. It’s fluctuated since. Whether guests base their vote on the taste of the cookie or on their actual presidential preference will become apparent after both the cookie contest and the White House race wrap up.
To follow the results, check out the cookie poll on Occidental’s Twitter feed orFacebook page.
At Good Stuff Eatery it’s a debate with more red meat. The “Prez Obama Burger” made it’s first appearance on the menu during the 2008 election when it was running against the McCain burger. The Obama burger won by a landslide. After Obama’s presidential win, the restaurant also introduced a health-conscious turkey burger called the “Michelle Melt” that reflects the First Lady’s fitness mission.
Now, as one of the restaurant’s most popular burgers faces another election year, a different competition has been initiated. Good Stuff Eatery started a competition with burgers inspired by the famously bipartisan couple of Democrat James Carville and Republican Mary Matalin. The burgers will be grilled until Election Day, and results of the poll are updated daily on a board set up inside the restaurant.
And what happens to the Obama burgers if the President isn’t reelected? Good Stuff says they’ll stay on the menu.
Winnette McIntosh Ambrose has dubbed her shop near Capitol Hill, The Sweet Lobby, the District’s “political pastry polling headquarters.” She’s offering vanilla bean French macarons emblazoned with elephants, donkeys, Obama and Romney campaign logos and, for those who don’t want to take sides, a simple “Vote 2012” message. Sweet Lobby has been updating the sales tally on Facebook and Twitter throughout.
And if you needed any extra incentive to get out and vote Tuesday, McIntosh Ambrose says those sporting an “I Voted,” sticker will be rewarded with a free dessert. Pretty sweet.
(Photos & text by Samra Khawaja & Karin Caifa)
Mon, November 5, 2012
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