Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in the White House kitchen? Whether you have or have not, the “Presidential Culinary Museum” located in Grover, North Carolina is truly a distinct experience that everyone should encounter at least once in their lifetime.
Former “White House” Executive Chef Martin C.J Mongiello’s private collection, together with items donated from President’s Bush, Carter, Reagan and Clinton, makes the “Presidential Culinary Museum” one of the premier ensembles of “White House” culinary memorabilia known in the world.
Presidential Culinary Museum Exhibit Highlights
The “Presidential Culinary Museum” contains fine china from the John Quincy Adams Presidency up to the George W. Bush administration. China services however, are not the only pieces of Presidential history on display.
Visitors will delight in seeing the favorite recipes of such celebrated first ladies as Sara Childress Polk who had a self professed fondness for “Hickory Nut Cake.”
Furthermore, there is an ample amount of museum exhibit space devoted to President Grover Cleveland. Part of the President Cleveland display includes such rare relics as a $20.00 bill featuring President Cleveland, a 1956 President Cleveland TOPPS card and a .22 cent Cleveland United States Postal Stamp.
For the uninitiated, the “TOPPS Company”, who is most associated with manufacturing sports trading cards, also had a United States Presidential Series of 36 trading cards.
The “Bowman Company” originally made the large size formatted Unites States Presidential Series in 1952. The “Bowman Company” however was later bought out by the “TOPPS Company” and the “Bowman Company” Presidential Series was re-issued by “TOPPS Company” under their trademark in 1959.
Presidential Culinary Museum Special Events
The “Presidential Culinary Museum” hosts two very special annual events worth noting. They are the “Gingerbread Display of Camp David and the Presidential Resort in the Catoctin Mountains” and the “Easter Egg Roll.”
The 2010 “Gingerbread Display of Camp David and the Presidential Resort in the Catoctin Mountains” are expertly crafted by former “White House” chefs who take great pains in making the gingerbread structures as reflective of the actual buildings as humanly possible.
The 2010 gingerbread display will be available for public viewing from December 13th, 2010 until January 10th, 2010.
Designed to mimic the actual “White House Easter Egg Roll”, the museum’s “Easter Roll” event is free to the public and involves cash prizes, refreshments and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Presidential Culinary Museum Guided Tour Details
The “Presidential Culinary Museum” is located within the “Inn of the Patriots” grounds which also include a gourmet restaurant with food prepared by a former “White House” Executive Chef, day spa and salon, gift shops, putting green as well as luxurious overnight accommodations.
The guided tour includes a candlelit trip to the lower recesses of the mansion, a visit to the slaves’ quarters, a stop at the “Chef’s Herb Garden”, “Chef’s Talk” and a question and answer period where visitors can talk shop with celebrated culinary craftsman, including a former “Iron Chef.”
Hours of Operation and Admission
Set at an affordable $5.00 per person, 2010 admission to the “Presidential Culinary Museum” is well worth the price tag. Children ages 10 and under are admitted onto the tour for free. The price of admission includes light refreshments that are served at the end of the very informative tour.
Expertly guided tours are given on Saturdays at 1:00 pm and by special request for groups. Furthermore, groups can also request that the tour be given by a guide dressed in period costume. Otherwise the tour guide will be dressed in normal business attire of this period.
Presidential Culinary Museum
301 Cleveland Avenue
Grover, NC 28073
Despite the opulence, celebrated staff and rich historical significance, The “Inn of the Patriots” is surprisingly affordable thanks to a plethora of packages. Those interested in spending the night should log onto the “Inn of the Patriots” specials page for the most current deals available.