Apparently your colleagues did not know that Joan, Arlen’s wife, at one time was a leading baker of specialty cakes throughout the general Philly area. A client of mine ( a competitive baker) called her the Queen of Tortes.
After she went into politics she dumped the tortes, but still gives out the occasional recipe. See and look at the bottom for the ascription.
Meanwhile, maybe tortes for lunch? If for no other reason than to nail down for once what they are. (This has been a sidebar conversation among some NRO writers.)