December 15th, 2010
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Food in the Field gives a window into what CNN's team is eating, and the food culture they encounter as they travel the globe. Today's contributor is White House Sr. Supervising Producer Stacia Deshishku. She previously shared a glimpse of Thanksgiving dinner at CNN's D.C. bureau and another party at an undisclosed location.

Life as a White House-centric press member doesn't just mean living off Tom Hanks-sponsored espresso in the White House press area's break room and purloined turnips from the First Lady's vegetable garden. Sometimes you get to bust it all fancy and get your grub on at the State Department's holiday party for press.

Flip through the gallery above for some delicious glimpses of the soiree - including a peek at the Secretary of State, herself, rockin' out the holiday red.

Oh and curd nerds? That's totally Humboldt Fog from Cypress Grove in slide six, right? Solid cheese choice, State Department.

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  1. Jimbo Market

    We all risk that bullet but who are the ones die'in ?

    December 17, 2010 at 4:06 am |
    • DaVuVuZeLa

      I guess aside from the folks who were killed when the Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam were bombed, not us.

      I guess aside from the couple working at the consulate in Juarez who was gunned down, not us.

      I mean, I suppose there's no danger in having a mob of angry Serbians try to torch our Embassy because they were upset that our government decided to recognize Kosovo's independence, and there's no danger in having members of al Queda shoot up the consulate in Jeddah. Or having a RPB lobbed at our Embassy in Abidjan. Is it worse than stepping on a land mine? No, but it'll kill you just the same.

      December 17, 2010 at 4:31 am |
  2. Jimbo Market

    michelle I did my service to this country in the US navy. I don't suppose you where waving at me from your play pin. State department folks think this country owes them more than a paycheck. Well heres your Thank you... Now get back to work.!

    December 17, 2010 at 1:37 am |
    • DaVuVuZeLa

      And DoD folks think they're the only ones who are risking a bullet in their a** for this country.

      December 17, 2010 at 2:54 am |
  3. Unemployed Jeff

    This party is for spies and liars! Remember WikiLeaks and the freedom of the truth. That is the reason US State Department never hired me because I am honest, integrity and disability, which US government never trusts. Please god sake – Give lavish parties and foods to unemployed people and homeless families for Christmas spirits.

    December 17, 2010 at 12:58 am |
    • DaVuVuZeLa

      No Jeff, the reason the State Dept never hired you is because you simply weren't qualified. It's as simple as that.

      December 17, 2010 at 2:52 am |
  4. Sherri Irvin

    Looked kinda sparse to me. Where's the shrimp? Where's the sausage? Where are the lil' smokies? And the cheese ball? And the onion soup dip? Sheesh! And how about the pimento cheese and cheese straws? I'd hate to tailgate with these folks.

    December 16, 2010 at 9:00 pm |
  5. Jimbo Market

    DiploBrat.... Just like a goverment employee... You are the ONLY thing that makes this country safe.. Blow it out your rear. You think we should kiss your feet and bow down to you.. Veterans of this country don't get to have goverment sponsored CHRISTMAS partys. Why should you. Suck it up and do your service for your country and not expect the tax payers of this great country to carry your sorry rear!

    December 16, 2010 at 8:20 pm |
    • Michelle

      Bitter much Jimbo? Would you care to elaborate what you, personally, are doing to make this country safer? Because like Diplo, I'm also in Afghanistan. Are you waving at us? I can't see you from here...

      December 17, 2010 at 1:18 am |
  6. DiploBrat

    You people are ridiculous. The Dept of State has an annual budget of approx 16 billion (FY2010). The Dept of Defense has an annual budget of approx 688 billion (FY2010). You think the Marine Ball on the USMC birthday was anything less lavish? No, in fact it was actually more, and I would know as I was there. But are people complaining we need to cut the DOD's budget? God no, we have to "support our troops." But those State Dept weenies, those losers that serve entire careers in foreign countries working for diplomacy in the hopes we don't have to send in our troops and put them at risk? Eh, they don't need any funding. They're just fraud, waste, and abuse, right? Seriously, the people in the DOS, just like the DOD, spend entire careers with the purpose of protecting this country and all of its citizens, service that 99% of this country doesn't even acknowledge or understand. While I wish no one ever had to face some of the hard times currently faced by many, blaming the DOS for your economic troubles is ignorant and rude. Blame the huge banks who cut corners and got sloppy with their investments, who foreclosed thousands while their CEOs still made million dollar bonuses. But don't blame the people learn foreign languages, live in foreign countries, often times in countries without even the basic infrastructure and amenities even the poorest of Americans take for granted (paved roads, potable, water, electricity), for the stupidity and mistakes of the private sector.

    US Army Officer currently deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, and son of a career DOS Foreign Service Officer who served in Cameroon, Liberia, Botswana, Ecuador, Cuba, Panama, Venezuela, Bolivia, and the Central African Republic.

    December 16, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
    • kitchen geek

      simply: thanks.

      December 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
    • maddawg

      i dont think anyone cares what you have to've admitted your an army brat.
      that tells me........a life with no real brain, brought up by another life with no real brain.....

      P.S.....for 688 billion a year budget, a person would think you could do A MUCH BETTER JOB......but i see you everyday in GOV.....slacking as usual and always passing the responsibility!

      December 17, 2010 at 6:26 am |
  7. Grinch

    WOW. We had a pot luck luncheon and everyone brought something. Luncheons where the employer provides food is a thing of the past in the private sector!!!!!! Tone it down you bunch of blow is in fact OUR money that you are spending!!!!!!

    December 16, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  8. Mae

    Forget the cheese, are those Taro Chips toward the back of the basket in picture 7?

    December 16, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  9. Matt

    For 2000 years it would have been called a CHRISTMAS PARTY. In order to kiss the ass of a few minorities it is now a taxpayer paid for Holiday party. But then because of all the religeous and secular festivities all year round, the government has holiday parties almost year round..Why should this be different.

    December 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  10. Mds

    Wow, in the era of employees paying for their companies holiday party, massive deficit burdens being passed to my children, and millions of people unemployed the Federal Government, who receives all of its money from TAXES dares to through a holiday party. And then people wonder why we have disdain for the Federal Government and Federal employees. These people should be happy happy they have jobs. I wonder how much Hilarys dress cost and who paid for that? This is disgusting, those who do not believe in term limits and smaller federal government, what kind of holiday party are you having this year?

    December 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
    • Donna

      I'm lucky to get a hearty hand shake,,,,,,,let alone anything else.

      December 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  11. Donna

    I'd love to see the tab on yet another party at the state department. These fat cats need to host a few "feed the ppl in need" banquets. Course, what am I saying,,,,,,,they cannot hob knob with homleless ppl. Unreal,,,,,,,,,makes me completely sick to my stomach!

    December 16, 2010 at 11:59 am |
    • Ryan

      Feed the people in need? You mean like unemployment benefits and welfare?

      December 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  12. dag01

    do we mean CHRISTMAS party?

    December 16, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  13. Gopherit

    Again this apparent extravaganza highlights the growing divide between the privileged and not-privileged, all the more so if we taxpayers have footed the bill. Meanwhile, out in the streets many more "ordinary" folks are struggling simply to survive.

    December 16, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  14. Craig

    Might be a good idea in this economy, when so many are out of work and can't afford things so extravagant, to tone it down a bit. Lead by example. "Let them eat cake" to quote someone in history.

    December 16, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  15. Georgia Peach

    I wish that my work holiday party looked like this!

    December 16, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  16. Sam Meyer

    Humboldt Fog is teh awesome.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:02 pm |
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