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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 10, March 8, 2009, Article 18

PRESIDENTIAL FOOD SERVICE COINS

Numismatics and food are my two favorite diversions. Here’s a story that combines both. In earlier E-Sylum articles we discussed Presidential Challenge Coins. This news item from North Carolina introduces something new to me - Presidential Food Service "Coins". -Editor
Presidential Food Service Coin It was business as usual at Broaster Chicken & Ribs Friday, until a woman clad in a dark suit arrived.

The woman ordered more than five slabs of ribs, manager Bonnie Belaney said, and wanted the meat cut off of the bone and served with extra sauce.

"We accommodated her, but when she got ready to leave, she gave us a coin,'" Belaney said.

Upon closer inspection, Belaney realized the coin said "Presidential Food Service for the White House."

Friday was the day that President Barack Obama visited the area for a speech at Camp Lejeune. The president landed at MCAS Cherry Point Friday morning in Air Force One, took Marine One to Camp Lejeune for a speech to Marines there.

But he apparently had a few White House aides already on the ground doing some reconnaissance maneuvers - at least for local cuisine.

White House spokesperson Gannet Tseggai confirmed the presidential sampling of not only Broaster Chicken, but said an aide was also dispatched to Smithfield's Chicken and Barbeque.

Presidential Food Service Coin Closeup On Friday, a woman entered Smithfield's and went to the counter and asked where she could sit five to seven people, general manager Ken Davis said.

After ordering barbeque, beans and potato salad, she left the restaurant, but not before shaking his hand and passing along a coin that Davis assumed was a tip. He told her he couldn't take it. She told him she had to leave it.

"When she left, I looked to see what she gave me. It was a gold coin that said ‘Presidential Food Service for the White House'," Davis said.

To read the complete article, see: Local restaurants get presidential visit (http://www.enctoday.com/news/restaurants_62796
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Wayne Homren, Editor

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