Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Hide the Olives!

When Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) comes to dinner, probably best to steer clear of olives. Not if you know what’s good for you. Sure, he’s settled the lawsuit. But you want to risk that?

On Saturday night, lefty radio host Bill Press and wife, Carol, hosted a dinner at their home to welcome radio talk show host Thom Hartmann and wife, Louise, to Washington. The couple relocated from Portland, Ore. two months ago. Dinner guests included fellow lefties David Corn of Mother Jones and wife, Wilmoed; and former NYT/ABC Latin American stringers Martha Honey and Tony Avirgan. The guests of honor were Kucinich and his wife, Elizabeth.

“When we learn he’d sued Longworth Cafeteria over an olive (!), we were nervous,” Press wrote FishbowlDC. “But he settled lawsuit day before dinner party. And, just to be safe, we made sure all olives we served were pitted!”

Aside from pitted olives, the dinner menu boasted mushroom soup, duck breast, wild rice, and brussels sprouts (no duck for vegans or vegetarians), salad and pear sorbet.

The Kuciniches are well-known vegans. No olive injuries were reported, and luckily the duck breast presented no danger.