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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Isakson Hosts Annual Bipartisan Senate Barbeque Lunch

'Thursday Lunch Group' feast prepared fresh by Sam's BBQ1 in Marietta, Ga.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today hosted his ninth annual bipartisan barbeque lunch for U.S. Senators and staff from both sides of the political aisle.

“While I have been proud to host this bipartisan lunch for many years to offer a bit of Southern cooking and hospitality from home in Georgia, this year’s lunch seemed particularly timely and meaningful,” said Isakson. “It certainly received more attention than in years’ past, but I think folks understand that there’s no better way to find common ground and celebrate America than over barbeque. I hope it sets the stage for a positive annual charity congressional baseball game tonight.”

The barbeque was driven up from Georgia by the team from Sam’s BBQ1 in Marietta, Ga. Sam Huff and his team smoked 400 lbs. of meat overnight across the river in Alexandria, Va., and drove to Capitol Hill today, where they fed nearly 300 hungry senators and Hill staff

Lunch was served to senators from both sides of the aisle in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the *Russell Senate Office Building. The tradition is part of Senate Republican’s “Thursday Lunch Group” where each week a different host senator treats his Republican colleagues to lunch featuring their home-state cuisine. In recent years, Isakson has opted to open his annual lunch up to Democrats as well as Republicans because he believes nothing brings folks together like good, Southern barbeque.

A staff lunch was also held in Isakson’s office in the same building where he hosting nearly 200 hungry Hill staffers, including staff and interns from Senator Perdue’s office, leadership and committee staff, military liaison offices, Capitol Police and a few reporters.

Today’s mouthwatering menu included pulled pork, beef brisket, Saint Louis pork ribs, baked beans, coleslaw, rolls and macaroni and cheese prepared by Sam’s BBQ1 from Marietta, Ga. Kenny’s Great Pies of Smyrna, Ga., provided “Congressional pecan pie” made with Maker’s Mark bourbon whiskey and roasted Georgia pecans for dessert.

A selection of photo highlights can be found here.

*The Russell Senate Office Building is the oldest Senate office building and was named for Georgia’s own Senator Richard B. Russell. It is also where the offices of both Isakson and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., are located.