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New Century Financial Corp. lobbyist Mark Siegel‘s elaborate wedding reception for his daughter Rebecca took a wrong turn when appetizers were served — and now he’s suing. The April soiree was held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and attendees included NPR’s Robert Siegel, broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff, and Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift. Catering was by Ridgewells of Bethesda, Md., at a cost of $40,000. But Siegel says both families, who are observant Jews, were shocked to find shrimp, eel, and octopus (all nonkosher) served among the sushi. Additionally, Siegel says the salmon canap�s were topped with cream cheese and served with meat dishes — a violation of the Jewish rules prohibiting the mixing of dairy and meat. Last week, Siegel filed suit in D.C. federal court, alleging Ridgewells had violated an agreement to provide only kosher food. Siegel says that Rebecca was particularly upset. “She took someone from Ridgewells into the ladies room and told them they had ruined her wedding,” he says. Rockville, Md.’s Jeffrey Schwaber, who represents Ridgewell’s, offers a different version. He says the caterer had offered the Siegels the option of a strictly kosher meal, but the family declined, citing the expense of rabbinical supervision. “The Siegels didn’t want to pay for a kosher affair,” he says, “and now choose to sue Ridgewells for not providing one�all to get out of a bill.”
Jason McLure can be contacted at [email protected].

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