by Richard Gorelick
4:09 PM EST, January 25, 2013
The Patriots' coach might be a sore loser, but Boston mayor Thomas Menino has sportingly made good on the losing bet he made with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on the AFC Championship game.
A package filled with goods from Boston's public markets arrived at Baltimore City Hall on Friday. Inside were cannoli, ravioli, various packaged goods and an assortment of seafood, including mussels, scallops, oysters -- and four live lobsters.
Rawlings-Blake, who was not in Baltimore on Friday, will be making a visit next week to the Cottage Avenue Community, the Park Circle transitional housing program for homeless families she chose as the recipients of the package.
But the seafood, including the lobsters, was being delivered on Friday, a City Hall spokesman said.
"He definitely came through," Rawlings-Blake said of Menino, whom she counts as a friend. Menino and Rawlings-Blake are the chair and co-chair, respectively, of the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Food Policy Task Force. The seafood that Menino sent was supplied by Red's Best, a five-year-old seafood company that has earned praise from sustainability quarters for how it uses technology to support the efforts of small fishermen.
Still, Rawlings-Blake was happy to be on the winning end. "It was a delicious win," Rawlings-Blake said, "and I hope the winnings are delicious as well."
Last Saturday afternoon, Rawlings-Blake stopped by the Engine Company 52 fire station on Woodbrook Avenue to deliver the rib-eye steaks she won in a similar bet from Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver. Hancock, claiming injury, has yet to have himself videotaped doing Ray Lewis' signature dance, the other part of the bet he made with Rawlings-Blake.
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