|Washington, DC, Jan. 19, 2002 The gift bags contain goodies such as a beanie baby-type red lobster, a CD with music from the Boston Pops Orchestra, and a Gillette® Mach3® razor. On Friday the Boston Host Committee distributed about 400 of these gift bags to members of the Democratic National Committee attending the party's winter meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. Later, at a host committee reception, hundreds of hungry Democrats enjoyed pan-seared scallop in cauliflower puree with white raisins served in scallop shells, prepared under the direction of celebrity chef Todd English (Olives).|
|A little more than a month later, Menino is at the reception at the
DNC winter meeting making the case for Boston. As members of the
DNC, party staffers, and several dozen community and business leaders from
Boston mingle, a woman, who turns out to be a staffer for Sen. Edward Kennedy,
walks up and tells him he is “the cutest mayor in the country.” Having
a cute mayor may not help Boston’s bid, but the Democrats are clearly enjoying
the food and ambiance. On some of the tables are Boston versions of the
Monopoly® board game. In addition to the central food station
overseen by Todd English, there is a Fenway Park theme food station with
hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn and peanuts, a Legal Sea Foods station, and
The January 18 reception.
Mayor Menino pitches Boston as celebrity
chef Todd English looks on.
Boston Host Committee National Convention 2004
Gift Bag Distributed at the DNC Winter Meeting in Washington, DC on Jan. 18, 2002
Julie Burns, deputy chief of staff in the Mayor's Office, organized the gift bags using in-kind donations from Boston and New England firms. She said the objective was "to give people a sense of all the great things we have to offer here in Boston."
1 -8 3/4" long (antenna to tail) beanie baby-type red lobster with Boston embroidered on it and tag
1 -2" "We'll Do More In 2004" button
1 -1.5 oz bag of Cape Cod ® potato chips…The Cape Cod Potato Chip Company, Hyannis
1 -6 oz package of orange flavor Craisins ® (Sweetened dried cranberries)…Ocean Spray ®, Lakeville-Middleboro
1 -Molasses Clove Cookie…Dancing Deer Baking Co., Boston
1 -Bag of Boston Baked Bean Candies…Phillips Candy House, Boston
1 -CD "Encore!" Keith Lockhart conducting The Boston Pops Orchestra ©2000 BMG Entertainment
1 -Gillette ® Mach3 ® razor, including 2 cartridges…The Gillette Company, Boston
2 -Top Flite XL 2000 (Exceptional Spin) golf balls with Boston Celtics logo
1 -"The Complete Boston Subway-User Guide"…WizeGuides.com, Jamaica Plain
1 -Poem "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow…Paul Revere House, Boston
1 -Emmanuel College BIC pen
1 -Ticket "Enter to Win the 'Why Wait 'til 2004?' Weekend in Boston"
1 -Seal of Boston, Thomas M. Menino Mayor pin
and an invitation card for the evening reception.