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October 30, 2012 (San Diego) -- As Americans head to the polls on November 6, a local chef is capturing the flavor of the elections — literally. In honor of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s races for the White House, Terra American Bistro chef/owner Jeff Rossman has created a Presidential Pairings Menu featuring recipes that capture the qualities of both candidates. The menu will be offered November 4-10.

“In our 14 years, Terra American Bistro has delighted in serving the best of New American cuisine to San Diegans,” Rossman said. “And, really, what is more American than the presidential elections?”

Although the restaurant is decidedly non-partisan, Republicans and Democrats alike can enjoy tasty bites from a menu driven by the current presidential election, including a Romney-inspired entrée that pays tribute to his Michigan roots by pairing prime loin of venison with a reduction of Michigan cherries.

For those who cast their vote with President Obama, Chef Rossman will be serving a special Presidential Surf and Turf that honors Obama’s past by matching seared Hawaiian ahi with Midwestern grass-fed flat iron steak.

The Presidential Pairings menu also features specialty drinks crafted using Terra American Bistro’s artisan, house-infused liquors and juices. Obama supporters can sip on an “Obama Mama Mai Tai” that combines house-infused apple-ginger rum, sweet ‘n sour, a splash of brandy and soda water, while folks on Team Romney might prefer the “Romney Refresher,” a non-alcoholic drink made with rosemary-infused persimmon juice.

As an added bonus, diners who wear an “I Voted” sticker on November 6 will receive a free dessert.

“We want to have some fun and help voters blow off steam after this long election season,” said Rossman. “No matter what the outcome of today’s election, diners will be happy they cast their vote with Terra American Bistro.”

Each dish costs $24. $7 for the Obama Mama Mai Tai and $4 for the Romney Refresher.

You can learn more about Terra American Bistro, located at 7091 El Cajon Boulevard (one block east of 70th Street) , check out menus of farm-to-table fare, or make a reservation at www.terrasd.com

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