Thursday March 07, 2013 | 11:26 AM

WASHINGTON – Maine’s three best-known foodstuffs – lobster, potatoes and wild blueberries – will be on the menu next week when President Barack Obama meets with Senate Republicans during lunch.

Obama plans to stop by the Republican and Democratic caucus meetings in the House and Senate next week to talk about “the priorities on his legislative agenda.” He is slated to talk to Senate Republicans on the day that it is Maine Sen. Susan Collins’ turn to host the luncheon.

Collins’ office said the menu for next Thursday's caucus meeting will be Maine lobster salad, potato chips supplied by Fox Family Potato Chips in Aroostook County (Collins’ home county) and Maine wild blueberry pie.

“Senator Collins is hopeful that this Maine lunch will help inspire the kind of cooperation that is desperately needed in Washington as Congress and the president discuss challenging budget realities,” said Collins spokesman Kevin Kelley.

While it’s not guaranteed the president will partake in lunch (Senate Democrats are meeting at the same time), it’s hard to imagine him not sampling the spread.

Obama seems to have a taste for lobster. He enjoyed a full, traditional Maine lobster dinner while vacationing in Bar Harbor back in July 2010 and frequently dines on the crustacean when vacationing with his family in Martha's Vineyard. Lobster was also on the menu at his inaugural luncheon with members of Congress and other VIPs back in January.

And, of course, there’s always room for pie.


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