Capitol Hill guide to free food: whoever said "there's no such thing as a free lunch" never worked as a congressional intern. Among the hundreds of receptions held every year, a few annual events hold special appeal for the underpaid, underfed political staffer.
Event: Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party
Sponsor: International Dairy Foods Association
Menu: Ice cream sundaes with Smuckers and Reddi-whip toppings; frozen yogurt; and 5,000 root beer floats
Highlight: Ex-soda jerks turned politicians take turns scooping ice cream
Event: Congressional Pie Reception
Sponsor: National Association of Truck Stop Operators
Menu: Homemade pies trucked in from local truckstops and travel plazas
Highlight: Delicious peach pie without the truck stop ambience
Event: The Hog DogLunch
Sponsor: National Hot Dog and Sausage Council
Menu: "Hot dog and sausage products"
Highlight: Baseball has-beens mingle and munch with the crowd
Event: Congressional Veggie Hot Dog Lunch
Sponsor: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an international nonprofit organization that supports Animal Rights and has spawned a tremendous amount of conflict and controversy from its inception.
Menu: Vegetarian hot dogs A vegetarian hot dog (sometimes referred to as a "veggie dog") is a hot dog produced completely from non-meat products. A specific kind of vegetarian hot dog, the vegan hot dog (sometimes referred to as a "vegan dog") contains no animal products whatsoever.
Highlight: Food served by Playboy Playmates clad in lettuce leaf bikinis
Event: Congressional Soyfoods Luncheon
Sponsor: American Soybean soybean, soya bean, or soy pea, leguminous plant (Glycine max, G. soja, or Soja max) of the family Leguminosae (pulse family), native to tropical and warm temperate regions of Asia, where it has been Association
Menu: Soy pasta with high-protein soy sauce, miso (Multiple Inputs Single Output) Pronounced "my-so," it is the use of multiple transmitters and a single receiver on a wireless device to improve the transmission distance. See MIMO. chicken with black soybean sauce, and soy smoothies
Highlight: Soy desserts! Lemon-tofu cheesecake and chocolate-dipped tempeh tem·peh
A high-protein food of Indonesian origin made from partially cooked, fermented soybeans.
[Indonesian tempe, from Javanese, soybean cakes.] bites