10:23 a.m. EDT: Our first event of the day is inside the Marvin Windows and Doors manufacturing facility. The fine folks here in Roanoke, Virginia put out an impressive fresh fruit spread and muffins. Someone must have told them about all the mini-beef Wellingtons I ate last night in Jacksonville. Some healthy fruit couldn't hurt today.
We have some boxed sandwiches also waiting for us when we hop in the motorcade van for the ride back to the Roanoke airport.
11:27 a.m. EDT: We're back on the plane in Roanoke and about to depart on a rigorous 19-minute flight to Richmond. As for lunch, my choice is the chicken salad croissanwich I stashed in my coat pocket from the motorcade lunch box or a mysterious platter sitting on my plane seat.
I guess the theme here was Southwestern. It had tortilla chips with a black bean salsa, chipotle chicken salad in a mini-tortilla bowl, fresh berries and two pepperoni and Swiss cheese skewers. I'm still guessing how exactly the skewers fit in.
I went for the platter and out of guilt for the person who put it together, had a bite of the chicken salad sandwich.
Additional Note: The campaign staff made a run for the border and are now eating Taco Bell at the front of the plane. Now we can take off.
2:27 p.m. EDT: It's hard to judge exactly how good the press food spread was today at our Richmond, Virginia event. By the time I and the rest of the protective pool arrived to the site, the rest of the travelling press had devoured a good portion of the food, including all the mac 'n' cheese.
What was left by the time I rolled up was some fresh greens, various veggie wraps, and some fresh fruit. I had a little of the roughage, but nothing else inspired me.
7:37 p.m. EDT: Despite all her duties as network pool producer, Rachael Streitfeld is always looking out for Khalil and me on the food front. While we're getting video of Governor Romney's rally in Virginia Beach, Rachael e-mailed us with tonight's menu:
"Should I get you dinner? Veggie pasta, mac 'n' cheese, chicken piccata, shrimp and scallops?"
Thinking we'll see food at our hotel in Norfolk, Khalil and I just want a sampling of mac 'n' cheese. Rachael's already a step ahead and has a box with everything and a simple message: "Get Ready."