Niagara Gazette — Marry Ann Hess, owner of Niagara Chocolates, had her chocolates served in the "Taste of New York" in the New York State Society of Washington's room, part of the Presidential Inaugural Gala on Sunday night.
Hess had tickets to the inauguration but was unable to make it to the event because of heavy traffic and closed roads, she said.
"It took nearly an hour for what might usually take 15 minutes," she said.
Hundreds of people came to New York's ballroom, including a number of U.S. senators, though Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. were not in attendance, Hess said.
"It was so exciting to be there," she said. "There was so many people it was hard to remember who was who."
Hess met many wonderful people and that she was treated very well in Washington, she said. Along with Hess's chocolates, Niagara Falls was also recognized in the form of a painting of the cataracts that hung in the U.S. Capitol room during the inaugural luncheon.
"It was such an honor to go and represent our area," Hess said.