Along the way, Poltorak learned that kosher food had, at one time, been served in Capitol Hill cafeterias. But the meals came frozen, an inconvenience for the many Hill staffers on the move. Poltorak also heard the meals left something to be desired in terms of taste. They were ultimately taken out of rotation and never replaced.
Poltorak knew from experience that there was better food out there, fresh food prepared daily by local kosher caterers that could be shipped to any location in the Washington, D.C., area. He was particularly enthusiastic about Silver Spring, Md.-based Wrap2Go, run by a friend, which provides the kosher sandwiches, salads and desserts Poltorak enjoyed while he was a student at Georgetown.
Restaurant Associates ultimately chose Bubbie’s Gourmet to stock the Dirksen cafeteria’s shelves. Restaurant Associates Regional Director Mary Bowman said the contract is day-to-day and that she will be tracking sales weekly to determine the next course of action.
“As with anything, we’ll see how this goes,” she said.
Poltorak’s internship officially ended late last year, and it’s not yet certain if and how he will continue working for Lee remotely — he is getting married in Israel next week and might move there with his bride-to-be.
But Burstyn should be around to enjoy the fruits of Poltorak’s labor: “Having a kosher meal option would be tremendously convenient and popular. It would save me a great deal of time and [let me] be able to focus on my work.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.