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Alcatraz-Style Food on Menu at San Francisco Hotel

iStockphoto(SAN FRANCISCO) -- How would you feel to know that prisoners were eating better than those of us on the outside? Not all prisoners, of course, but the ones at the famed, now-shuttered Alcatraz Island seemed to eat pretty well back in the day. So well, in fact, that a San Francisco hotel has decided to commemorate the food with a special, limited-time menu.

The folks at the Eclipse Restaurant at Hyatt Regency San Francisco claim it’s “widely known that Alcatraz had the reputation for dishing up the best prison food in the United States,” before closing in 1963.

Indeed, one former prisoner said the food on The Rock was pretty darn tasty. “The food at Alcatraz was as good as you would get in a good restaurant that specialized in home-cooked meals, better than most,” William Baker said.

Available from Aug. 8 to Sept. 2, the hotel-restaurant will feature the Alcatraz dinner menu from 5 to 10 pm every day. The cost is $28 per person and includes a starter, choice of entrée with side dishes; and dessert.

The Alcatraz menu is, the hotel said, a modern-day version of what might be served today, if The Rock were still in operation, using modern cooking styles, ingredients and presentation.

The commemorative menu is part of a larger Alcatraz exhibit at the hotel, “Alcatraz: Life on the Rock,” which is on display in the atrium though Oct. 25.

The Menu
Starter: Clam Chowder
Choice of Entrée: Boiled Short Ribs with Horseradish Sauce; Baked Meat Loaf with Pan Gravy; Spaghetti Italienne; or Baked Halibut with Spanish Sauce
Served with: Lettuce Salad; Fresh Green Beans; and Mashed Potatoes
Dessert: Banana Bread Pudding

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Northeast Cuisine Dominates Menu for Inauguration Luncheon

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on behalf of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, released a plan for the Inauguration luncheon Wednesday featuring New England chowder and New York wines.

As in 2009, the menu starts with a soup course, continues to an entree and ends with a fruit-and-dairy dessert.

The luncheon outlines a wine pairing with the first and second courses, both including grapes from Schumer’s home state of New York. The last course features a Special Inaugural Cuvée Champagne from California.

The 2009 luncheon, chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., exclusively featured West Coast wines and the same California champagne.

By law, beverages sold in the United States that are not made in the Champagne region of France cannot be called champagne, but long-time producers like Korbel, the one that produced the bubbly at the luncheon, receive a reprieve from the rule as long as they include the state’s name in the drink’s title, France24 reported.

The 2013 Inaugural Luncheon Menu

First Course:

  • Steamed Lobster with New England Chowder
  • Anthony Road Winery, Fox Run Vineyards and Newt Red Cellars, Tierce 2010 Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, N.Y.

Second Course:

  • Hickory Grilled Bison with Wild Huckleberry Reduction and Red Potato Horseradish Cake
  • Bedell Cellars, 2009 Merlot, North Fork, Long Island

Third Course:

  • Hudson Valley Apple Pie, Sour Cream Ice Cream, Aged Cheese and Honey
  • Korbel Natural, Special Inaugural Cuvée Champagne, California

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