“The dinner occurred last night here at the Pentagon. It was a one-on-one dinner with Secretary Panetta and Senator Hagel. It was a very good discussion. I am pleased to report that the dinner included corn chowder, filet mignon, and chocolate cake. So it was more Midwestern-themed, with a little steak and corn, than Italian this go-round...I don't know if there was any Nebraska wine.”
— Pentagon spokesman George Little on Tuesday, discussing the Monday night dining in between the current defense secretary and his nominated replacement.