June 14, 2013

Manchin Congratulates Pepperoni Roll On Being Voted America's Favorite State Food In "Taste Of America" Contest

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today proudly congratulated West Virginia on being nationally acknowledged for its popular state food, the pepperoni roll, which took the overall top prize in this year’s CQ Roll Call “Taste of America” contest. The pepperoni roll beat out 64 other foods from all fifty states in a bracket-style online voting competition that brought in over a half a million votes. On behalf of West Virginia, a trophy will be presented to Senator Manchin and other members of the delegation at a “Taste of West Virginia” event  later this month.
“I am thrilled to hear that our state’s beloved and humble pepperoni roll has been recognized for its deliciousness and rich flavor,” Senator Manchin said. “The pepperoni roll is such a unique part of the Mountain State’s history and culture, originating from the Country Club Bakery near my hometown of Farmington for the coal miners. I am proud that our great state’s pepperoni roll is now valued by Americans everywhere. I invite everyone to come to West Virginia to enjoy the full flavor of the pepperoni roll.”
"The third annual CQ Roll Call Taste of America competition was a huge success,” said Beth Bronder, Senior Vice President and Publisher of CQ Roll Call. “This year, a record number of votes -- well over a half million -- were cast to choose the best food from around the country.  The Elite Eight dishes that made it to the finals clearly have a proud following, but the West Virginia Pepperoni Roll fans really went the extra mile, taking to social media in order to win the top prize.  The Pepperoni Roll has a history that makes it unique to West Virginia in that it was a simple but hearty lunch choice for coal miners who worked long shifts each day.  Congratulations to West Virginia, we hope more people will discover their fabulous pepperoni rolls!"
The pepperoni roll beat out Arizona’s Chimichangas, Iowa’s Bacon, Oregon’s Pear Tart, South Carolina’s Shrimp and Grits, Georgia’s Peach Cobbler, Maryland Crab Cakes and Illinois’s Italian Beef.