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L.I. Caterer Upset Duck Scrapped From Inauguration Lunch Menu

L-R: Coral House chef Chris Seidl and owner Butch Yamali (credit: Coral House)

L-R: Coral House chef Chris Seidl and owner Butch Yamali (credit: Coral House)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Long Island caterer is crying fowl over Sen. Charles Schumer’s New York-inspired menu at Monday’s official presidential inauguration luncheon.

Butch Yamali, president of Coral House Caterers in Baldwin, said he was insulted by the inaugural committee’s decision to serve bison from South Dakota instead Long Island’s delicacy: duck.

“The senator tried to get it on there but was unsuccessful because of the committee that chose the food that was supposed to be served,” Yamali told 1010 WINS.

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The duck was apparently left off the menu because it was not up to par.

Yamali said Schumer, who served as the chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, should’ve tried the duck from his establishment before making a final decision.

“We’re one of the largest caterers on Long Island and we know if the person that they chose didn’t do it right, give us the opportunity to do it right so they can see what we’re made out of,” Yamali said. “We want to be represented like everybody else.”

A number of New York items were featured on the menu, including Saratoga Springs water, a Long Island wine and a Hudson Valley apple pie.

“The bison wasn’t from New York,” Yamali said. “There was really no food item whatsoever from Long Island other than some wine.”

Yamali points out that Long Island is known throughout the world for its duck and even has a minor league baseball team called “The Ducks.”

“I want the opportunity to serve the president so he can get the taste and flavor of what we’re all about,” Yamali said.