On Wednesday, April 25, Senator Tina Smith will host the eighth annual Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hotdish Competition. Sen. Smith is taking up the helm of Al Franken’s annual hotdish-off to determine which Minnesota Congressional Delegation member makes the best hotdish—a dish similar to what other states call a casserole, but indisputably better.
Today, Sen. Smith is pleased to announce that this year’s judges will be:
· Phill Drobnick—Gold-medal winning Coach of U.S Men’s Olympic Curling Team, the Minnesota hometown heroes known as “Team Shuster”
· Joe Gill—Farm Director of KASM Radio in Albany, Minnesota
· Noobtsaa Philip Vang—University of Minnesota graduate and founder of Foodhini, an online restaurant serving up meals handcrafted by immigrant and refugee chefs in the Washington, D.C. area
· Kate Schaefers—Volunteer State President of AARP Minnesota
Sen. Smith will be joined by the entire Minnesota congressional delegation: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Reps. Collin Peterson, Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison, Tim Walz, Rick Nolan, Erik Paulsen, Tom Emmer, and Jason Lewis. Sam Brodey of the publication MinnPost will host the event and give opening remarks.
“I’m continuing Senator Franken’s tradition because I think my colleagues in the Minnesota delegation and I could all use some time to put politics to the side in Washington—and enjoy some great hotdish,” said Sen. Smith. “I’m hoping for some inventive dishes this year, and as always I’m looking forward to doing what I love most—bringing Minnesotans together.”
After the event, recipes of all of the entries will be posted on Sen. Smith’s website at smith.senate.gov.
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY:
Note that the event is only open to members of the media, members of the Minnesota Congressional Delegation, and their staffs. Members of the media must RSVP for the event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHO: Sen. Tina Smith, the Minnesota Congressional Delegation, MinnPost’s Sam Brodey, Joe Gill of KASM, Noobtsaa Philip Vang of Foodhini, Kate Schaefers of AARP MN, Curling Coach Phill Drobnick of USA gold-medal winning Team Shuster
WHAT: Minnesota Delegation Hotdish Competition
WHEN: Wednesday, April 25, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern
WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 430, Senate HELP Committee