U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today served a Tennessee-style lunch to other senators during the Thursday Lunch Group he hosted in his office.
“Today I’m happy to be able to serve some very unique Tennessee dishes to my friends in the Senate,” Alexander said. “We’ve brought Tennessee to Washington today in the form of tomatoes from Grainger County and fresh corn to bring a taste of home to the Capitol.”
Alexander’s menu included Chicken a La South with Southern Creamed Potatoes, a dish made famous by the Old Peabody Hotel in Memphis and featured in the 1986 Tennessee Homecoming Cookbook. Sliced, fresh tomatoes provided by Steve and Kelly Longmire of Tennessee Homegrown Tomatoes in Rutledge were accompanied by buttered corn-on-the-cob, yeast rolls, cornbread muffins and chess pie for dessert.
The Thursday Lunch Group began with a small group of senators meeting in their personal offices for lunch. Today, senators rotate hosting duties of the weekly lunches, sharing food and gifts that represent their home states.