Mayor Menino and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Make Friendly Wager Over AFC Championship
New England Lobsters and Baltimore Crabs at stake
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For Immediate Release
January 19, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- As Sunday’s AFC Championship Game commences, the mayors of Boston and Baltimore will also put seafood pride on the line in a veritable “Clash of the Crustaceans.”

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, leading the first ever US Conference of Mayors Food Policy Task Force in Washington today, met with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and set a friendly wager.

Under the terms, the losing mayor must send the other mayor food that is unique to their city. If the New England Patriots win on Sunday, Mayor Rawlings-Blake will send a platter of crab cakes from the J.W. Faidley Seafood in Baltimore’s historic Lexington Market.

But if the Baltimore Ravens defeat the Patriots, Mayor Menino will send a local lobster dinner to Mayor Rawlings-Blake, giving her a taste of real, New England fare.

“I’m confident in the Patriots. They put together a great team that works well together on the field, but of course we all need to stay focused on the game at hand,” Mayor Menino said. “I hope to be enjoying some Baltimore crab cakes when it’s over.”

Mayor Menino and Mayor Rawlings-Blake serve together as Chair and Vice-Chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Food Policy Task Force respectively.


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