Actress Eva Longoria made one of her not-infrequent stops in Washington on Wednesday to testify on Capitol Hill, and she told HOH there’s a good reason to come to D.C. other than for political/policy reasons or the cherry blossoms.
“I’m a big foodie,” she told HOH, saying Washington’s burgeoning restaurant scene is home to some great eats.
Longoria was testifying before the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee on the government’s role in the affairs of minority and female small-business owners on Wednesday morning.
“Statistics show that Latinas are incredibly entrepreneurial,” Longoria told the panel’s chairwoman, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., during her testimony.
No stranger to D.C. or politics, Longoria was a national co-chairwoman of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and then helped out on the 2013 inaugural committee as well.
Longoria reminded the panel Wednesday morning that she and Howard G. Buffett, son of big-time investor Warren Buffett, run a foundation that provides microloans and education to Latina upstarts.
She claimed that her expertise in these matters comes in part from being a little entrepreneurial herself: Longoria owns Beso, a high-end Hollywood restaurant whose 48-oz. porterhouse sells at a princely $95. (It’s a meal for two, the menu reassures.)
Longoria also opened a second Beso in Las Vegas, but it ran into financial trouble and closed.