The delegates get most of the attention in the convention hall, but behind curtains on the suite levels big-dollar donors and VIPs are drinking $100 bottles of Absolut vodka and $31.50 six-packs of Budweiser.
The alcohol options are listed in the "premier package" catering menu obtained by Dome from a Democratic convention website and confirmed by party officials. The "Hometown Carolina" lunch or dinner package -- which serves 20 and costs $1149.95 (before service, delivery and taxes) -- includes baby back ribs, collard greens, mac and cheese, butter biscuits and chicken pot pie. Levy Restaurants is catering Time Warner Arena.
Other interesting tidbits from the menu. Want to celebrate? A bottle of Perrier-Jouet Fleur de Champagn from Epernay, France costs $220. Get Korbel Brut from California for $45. Or make it a real party with a pitcher of "Margarita Madness" made with Jose Cuervo Gold for $48. Serves six.
It's not atypical pricing for concerts, basketball or football. But certainly puts the "suite level" in a different class.