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NOLA restaurants sending Scalise a taste of home

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Rep. Steve Scalise / Courtesy of MGN Online Rep. Steve Scalise / Courtesy of MGN Online

His long recovery from a gunshot wound has kept Congressman Steve Scalise in a Washington, D.C. rehabilitation center. But the Metairie Republican has been getting a steady supply of flavors directly from home, our media partners at The Advocate report. 

Special deliveries from New Orleans have been arriving at Scalise’s room for weeks, to the tune of po-boys and stuffed artichokes, shrimp remoulade and sizzling, garlicky oysters. It's a show of support from a circuit of New Orleans-area restaurants, the newspaper reports. 

Scalise was critically injured in June when a gunman opened fire at a practice session for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity in Virginia. The attack brought an outpouring of support, from prayers to blood drives. Behind the scenes, food deliveries have become a sustained campaign of solidarity from back home. They began in late July, when Scalise was transferred from a trauma center to a rehab facility, and they've been coming daily.   

“These weeks since the shooting are the longest Steve has ever been away, and he’s eager to get home as soon as his doctors say he’s able,” said Scalise spokesman Chris Bond. “But in the meantime, he’s blessed to know that friends and family are going to make sure he gets some good Louisiana cooking to fuel his healing and rehabilitation. He is a man whose heart is full of thanks, and this is one of many reasons for that.”

Drago's Seafood Restaurant in Metairie has taken the lead, the Advocate reports. Restaurants that have sent the goods run the gamut from neighborhood joints, like Venezia in Mid-City and Rocky & Carlo's in Chalmette, to high-end restaurants, like Emeril's in the Warehouse District and the Caribbean Room in the Pontchartrain Hotel. 

Old New Orleans names like Arnaud’s, Galatoire’s and Broussard’s have taken part. Scalise’s restaurant supporters have sent Lucky Dogs, cake from Haydel’s Bakery and hickory sauce from Bud’s Broiler, which helped convert a D.C.-area burger into a Bud’s No. 4

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