WASHINGTON, D.C. — If Minnesota is known for one thing, it’s that people here know how to make a good hot dish.
And in Washington D.C. Tuesday, that’s exactly what the state’s U.S. lawmakers were doing.
It’s all part of the 9th annual Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hotdish competition. And as you can imagine, there were hot dishes of all shapes, sizes, and ingredients competing for the title of best dish.
Democratic U.S. Senator Tina Smith took the helm of the annual tradition last year, and says it’s a chance for Minnesota’s lawmakers to show the rest of the nation what it means to work together.
“You know, we all joke around a lot about how cut-throat we all are, but of course it’s really just for fun. And, we love showing Washington D.C. what hot dish is all about, and what a good delegation is all about,” says Smith, “where we put aside our differences and figure out how to work together, and compete against one another, but all in good fun.”
Representative Betty McCollum won this year’s competition with her Hmong-inspired “Hotdish A-Hmong Friends.”