Paella Fest

Donald DeBevoise / WFSU-News

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater rolled up their sleeves and joined a delegation of representatives from more than 100 Miami-Dade County groups to serve a hungry line of lobbyists, politicians and staffers large plates of paella in the midday sun today.

Lawmakers help to serve the Paella
Donald DeBevoise

Miami-Dade County officials kicked off their annual lobbying effort at the Capitol Wednesday in the traditional way: sharing a giant pot of paella. It’s a traditionally Latin-American rice dish mixed with an assortment of spices, chicken and seafood, and it drew a large crowd to the Capitol courtyard.

Joe Corradino, a Miami resident who came to Tallahassee for the day, compared the dish to the city itself.

“I mean to say you see the paella, you throw a bunch of things in the pot and you cook all that’s in there, just like Miami,” Corradino said.