Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a stuffed moose and a stuffed bear brought the culture of their quaint, mountain state right here to Capitol Hill.
The New Hampshire Democrat had just left the Senate floor, where she participated in Connecticut Democrat Christopher S. Murphy’s filibuster over gun control on Wednesday, to host the Experience New Hampshire event.
Or in other words, she gave out a lot of maple syrup.
The various maple syrup manufacturers shared their interestingly packaged products and one even handed out maple flavored cotton candy as a bonus.
The stuffed bear and moose completed the experience.
Another main attraction was watching the culinary expertise of students from Southern New Hampshire University’s Quill School of Gourmet Fare.
Their cooking station took up the side of the Kennedy Caucus room and they made everything from scallops to miniature cupcakes.
Shaheen chatted with representatives from New Hampshire’s Common Man Family company, who brought their own New England standbys —clam chowder and strawberry shortcake. Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte was also on hand.
One table had free children’s books and cook books. Among the smokehouse ham and cheese, oysters, local beer and wine, pudding, ice cream, apple crisps, pork sliders and scallops, was the Lindt chocolates manufactured in Stratham, N.H. It was, of course, a fan favorite.