The Presidential Culinary Museum® and Collections
7.30.1787: “The dry rice of Cochinchina has the reputation of being whitest to the eye, best flavored to the taste, and most productive. It seems then to unite the good qualities of both the others [white S. Carolina rice & brown Piedmont/Lombardy rice] known to us. Could it supplant them, it would be a great happiness, as it would enable us to get rid of those ponds of stagnant water so fatal to human health and life.” —to William Drayton
From Thomas Jefferson
in the town named after the President of the United States
As seen in The Official Museum Directory in partnership with the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and officially listed with the North Carolina Museum Council (NCMC) featuring artifacts, antiques and private items sent from the United States National Archives, The Bush Foundations, President Carter, President Reagan and The Clinton Foundation. The Presidential Culinary Museum® is a small portion of the United States Food History Museum™ (USFHM) heralding the slow food movement, major food manufacturers and their brands as well as the famous icons developed in America sold worldwide like the Baby Ruth candy bar, Heinz catsup, Coca-Cola, Reeses and so many more... See our worldwide shows on TV, here.
Open daily to the general public, Wednesday through Sunday. THE MUSEUM HAS RECENTLY BEEN FILMING FOR A MAJOR TELEVISION SERIES THAT WILL AIR WEEKLY, ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. The series is known as All the Presidents' Menus and is utilizing our existing success of Inside the Presidents' Cabinet shows.
- 9:30 am to 6:30 pm for self guided tours - 3 per person or please patronize the gift shops - either or.
- Licensed Historians doing Guided Tours daily at exactly 9:30 am (groups of 12+ warmly welcomed at other times) Thursday through Sunday only.
- Admission is $7.00 per person for all guided tours.
- We do have a robust bus tour program coming from several states.
- Children under 12 are free.
- Please, no animals on tours.
- Animals chained to poles or trees in the parking lot are not allowed while on the tour.
- See underground where the servants live in 1879 when the mansion is first built.
- Two gift shops, one above ground and one underground.
- See our newest exhibit on the top floor, Clinton and Cleveland: "Democrats with good taste..."
- Enjoy the Bush Foundation items sent from the National Archives and President Bush's planes on display (new for 2014 additions to the collections).
- Over 20 first ladies exclusive china designs with colors.
- Basic museum entry is $3.00 suggested per person donation or please patronize the gift shops (self-guided tour inside and outside includes films via QR codes on smart phones).
- No membership, no reservation required.
- Is not run by the White House nor any government institution - a private museum controlled by a private board of trustees.
This is a fully guided tour of the private and public collections of Chef Martin CJ Mongiello - a former Executive Chef to the President of the United States of America including exhibit items and artifacts sent by the National Archives and several Presidential Foundations. We are located in what is known as, The White House in the town named after the President, Grover, NC. Other collections from private foundations include the Miller, Griffith, Morgante, Mancuso, Bush, Carter, Reagan, Clinton families, libraries and foundations. Additionally showcases the US Navy and why the White House has two restaurants inside of it, staffed by Navy chefs, and how Captain Patrick J. Casey, USN, Ret. Commanding Officer of the USS Asheville and Vice Admiral Albert Konetzni, Jr., USN, Ret. sent chef Marti away to the White House Military Office (WHMO). Casey is featured in Main Case of Glass #7 and Mirror, on floor one, since 2008. Listed in the Official Museum Directory in partnership with the American Association of Museums. The tour traverses three levels of the historic mansion including underground servants quarters.
Including Presidential Culinary Library™ holdings and The Presidential Service Center™ honoring the White House Military Office Presidential Service Badge (PSB) holders and Alumni members. Senior Curator and former White House Military Chef Martin CJ Mongiello and wife curator, Licensed Executive Chef Stormy Mongiello, former White House Military Office member and Spirits Director Travis McVey (creator of Heroes Vodka), Chef de Cuisine Kim Hambright, Sous Chefs James Blakely - Johnsie Adams and Chef Tournant Caleb Young.
"Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like uncorking your first bottle of champagne."
Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England, 1946
New, Special Exhibits- read on...
Thank you for the years of support with fundraising and the White House Knife™
with gracious thanks to The President's Cabinet Level Donors
Doctor Carol Haas Plonk Gravagno & Emilio Gravagno - The Miller Foundation
The Mongiello Foundation - Doctor Dean and Anne Ornish - Allan B. Miller
and our First Family Level Donors
The Mancuso Foundation, Peter Griffith
Ed & Tonia Muckenthaler & Eric Salter
and our American Contributing Donors
Mary Wilson, Kim Hambright, Stacey Fraterrigo, Travis McVey, Dyer Construction,
Roy, Glenda, Matt and Katie Dyer, Timms Furniture, Rick and Jean Moore,
Tim Moore Attorney at law, Eddie Humphries Painting, Kurt Pluta,
Paula Childress, Anonymous, Antoinette and Donn Biegaj, Gertrude DaSo,Johnsie Adams, Andrew M. King and John Calhoun, Edith Morgan, William and Sandy Wendling, In the name of Dale Schaller by Alvin Clemons, Paul L. Johnson Interiors and Philip Gallant of The Antique Circus
The American history making Hambrecht / Hambright family mansion home reaching into the legacy of Congressman and Lt. Colonel Frederick Hambright (famed of the Kings Mountain battle) and on to Doctor Alfred Hambright, Assistant Surgeon to Confederate Generals A.P. Hill and Stonewall Jackson winds through the house. Portions of the tour discuss service to the White House, Camp David and Vice President's houses via the famed Chefs and the US Navy Chefs. Modern Household and Estate Management service to the Forbes 400 and Fortune 500 list is also showcased along the tour which leads underground by candlelight to the servants quarters with fiddle and banjo music.
Discover the china of the American Presidents and First Ladies from the newest collections of John Quincy Adams and Dolly Madison on up to Presidents Clinton and Bush. The tour and museum traverses the entire home and ends with a meeting by the old slaves house chimney in the outdoor Chefs Herb Garden, along with a Chefs Talk, Question and Answer period. The tour also includes a behind the scenes route through the underground German Ratskeller staircase to see the secret life of servants to the elitist rich of society. You may encounter a number of personalities or six accents along the way! Special tours for groups by request can also include fully costumed actors.
President Jefferson's dinner and desert plates are shown in the foreground with Martha
Washington, Abigail Adams and Dolly Madison in the background. Recent, Iron Chef
winner, White House Chef Chris Comerford is shown who worked with Chef Marti
under former White House Chef Walter Scheib - another Iron Chef Winner.
New Special Exhibits
First Lady of the United States of America, Sarah Childress Polk and North Carolina's pride, President James Knox Polk: An historic exhibition of the UNC law graduate, their receptions in the White House, a china exhibit of their dinner plate and teacup with saucer on display next to famed favorite recipe, Hickory Nut Cake.
Sarah attended high school in NC and James was born here, in Pineville (where the NC Memorial site is). Read about the exhibit as featured in it's original debut of 2010 in the Gaston Gazette and Shelby Star newspapers, with full page - full color spreads. See the turqoise china collection as well as the 24K gold breakfast collection, on site.
Also, be sure to enjoy the QR code videos with a smartphones working on Android and iphone systems. You'll love the features and actors in the James and Sarah video shoot here at the museum as well as other videos around the museum and on the 1776 Farm.
Easter Egg Roll on the Presidential Culinary Museum® Lawn - Always held on Easter Monday - simultaneously with the White House. The White House Easter Egg Roll began in 1878 when President Hayes invited local children to roll eggs on the South Lawn. First Lady Dolly Madison first began the tradition of Easter egg rolling in Washington, when local children joined her for an egg roll at the Capitol in 1814. In the ensuing years the children made quite a mess and in 1876, Congress passed the Turf Protection Law, banning the use of the Capitol lawn as a playground. In 1877, bad weather kept everyone indoors and there was no need to enforce the law, but in 1878 children stood outside the gates of the White House until President Hayes invited them onto the grounds to continue the egg roll tradition. The White House Easter Egg Roll has taken place every year since 1878, but during the beginning of World I, World War II, and the Truman Administration’s renovation of the White House, the event was held on the National Mall instead of the South Lawn.
1927 was a landmark year in Easter egg roll history. That year, the White House hosted a young Nancy Reagan, who would go on to host eight of her own Easter egg rolls as First Lady from 1981-1988.
The Presidential Culinary Museum® features an egg roll with prizes, annual chalk drawing contest with prizes (parents please bring chalk), hidden CASH, coin and candy egg hunt and the Easter Bunny (Peter Rabbit) for free annual Easter photos to send to facebook and relatives, free to the public. Their is no admission price. Children nine (9) and under are invited. Each year the Presidential Culinary Museum® also hides commemorative gold or silver eggs and many years we have included an entire set of Official White House Eggs hidden and signed by the President and First Lady.
Of special note and value are our very own limited edition, hand signed in gold - painted eggs by Chefs Stormy, Marti, JT and baby Chef Rania Isabella, for children to find. To get all the info on the days events see our Facebook site (this updates to a new event site annually according to current Facebook programming). To see more and watch a featurette short on the creator of the egg roll and games Dolley Madison go to the CBS television WBTV website or for Larry Sprinkle and info on the egg roll, go the NBC TV WCNC and watch us on television across two states.
The Presidential Culinary Museum® at The Inn of the Patriots™ Bed & Breakfast, Grover, Cleveland County, NC is a non-partisan museum. Impolite comments about specific Presidents during tours only make others feel uncomfortable. Any guest expressing anger over a specific President during a tour will be escorted out of the building. Threatening comments against any President are always reported to the United States Secret Service in Charlotte and Washington, D.C. as they are a felony. Please be mindful that threatening comments made to a past President are also reported. Impolite comments and outbursts about specific Presidents and parties during tours only make others feel uncomfortable and are innapropriate on any museum tour. Individuals unable to control their mind or bodice with arms and hands will subject themselves to criminal prosecution. All portions of the museum are under overt and covert surveillance.
The roll is held simultaneously and features the live news broadcast from the White House. For more information about the Easter Egg roll please visit the outstanding website of the White House Historical Association and consider visiting them on your next trip to Washington, DC.
Frances Folsom Cleveland: 21-year old First Lady of the White House. The only First Lady to ever be married inside of the White House and to birth a child inside the White House - this exhibit of beauty and favorite orange blossoms celebrates her love with President Grover Cleveland (whom our town is named after - Grover, NC).
This exhibit space is growing annually and new items have been acquired by our curators and collectors such as renditions of photographs, actual .22 cent stamps featuring
Grover, a copy of a caricature on his fight over the Gold standard to back US currency - not silver, a copy of his $1,000.00 bill issued in America and an authenticated TOPPS trading card featuring the Cleveland's - all in 2009/2010. In 2011/2012, several other items were procured and authenticated as originals, including a 1956 card issued by TOPPS, the 2007 and 2009 White House Historical Association, Grover Cleveland Christmas Ornament, photographs from Nestle worldwide of the Baby Ruth Bar, gold coins from the US Mint and a 24 kt Gold Cover Plate first first presented and issued in the Rose Garden. In the year of 2012, portions of this exhibit were merged into the Cleveland and Clinton exhibit case on the second floor coming from the Baby Ruth room.
A very rare issue, US Mint twenty dollar bill with President Cleveland on it.
More popular, and more so issued, was his $1,000.00 bill in our museum (copy)
President George H. W. and First Lady Barbara Bush Menus and Recipes of a Nation
Enjoy the new exhibits of the Bush family including recently sent menus from State Dinners of Pakistan, England, USSR, Argentina, Italy and Morrocco by the United States National Archives and Bush Foundation in Texas. An initial story was written about the new exhibit and published on November 5, 2010 in the Charlotte Examiner and on WGNC Talk Radio.
Additional items showcased are recipe cards sent to Chef Marti and Stormy by First Lady Barbara Bush featuring her very own favorites, including the recipe for the Bush family favorite - the Mexican Mound! Eaten, loved and enjoyed by most all Bush family members including Jeb Bush who has stated he will run for President.
See the Hellcat and TBM Avenger models on display next to the Camp David plate in the Bush section of our exhibits. Both planes were in President Bush's Squadron when he was shot down in the Pacific and all other crewmembers died. President Bush flew the TBM Avenger as featured below (during the film be sure to look for "Barbara" written on his planes engine) and was fortunate to be picked up by a US submarine and offered some hot coffee and cake in the wardroom. He often talked about being rescued was terrific until...read more here in our newest, web based, museum of selected exhibits...
Annual Gingerbread Display of Camp David Cabins and Presidential Resort in the Catoctin Mountains. The Chefs have made an annual event out of showcasing Camp David where Marti was a Manager of the retreat and resort complex. Taking care of four restaurants, numerous lodging facilities, a US Secret Service hotel and 16 homes owned by the US President is no small task! The staffs are massive in size and scope and the homes are rarely featured or shown in history. A fun look at the historic homes is had in gingerbread every year and started in 2009 with the President's home of Aspen, formerly known as the Bear's Den or Bear's Lodge at Shangri-la. President Eisenhower renamed it at his wife's request - to "Aspen." He also renamed Shangri-la to "Camp David" after his grandson.
Clinton & Cleveland: "Democrats with Good taste" Why is there a candy bar in front of first lady Frances Folsom Cleveland and her husband (28 years her senior)? Because their first child "Ruth" has the honor of still being known in America today with her very own chocolate treat named after her! It was originally developed by the Curtiss Candy Company and later sold to Nestle Worldwide. Actually, Ruth and First Lady Cleveland had dozens and dozens of products named after them.
What's with the ripe, yellow banana in front of President Bill Clinton? Where did the custom milk glasses of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton come from and is that really her favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe on them? The gold foil wrapped Korbel bottle of champagne from the turn of them millenium bubbles and cries out for story telling along with the bronze coin in front of it.
These and many other seasoned stories are to be enjoyed and had at the museum. During the daily one hour long tours the history of the mansion it resides in unfolds to also showcase how the town got it's name, the families who live here and how they fought at the battle of King's Mountain and more. All tours begin at 9:30 daily, seven days per week.
See Julia Child's letter (above middle) negatively commenting on how the White House service had gone down hill since LBJ - and her newest thanks to (then) First Lady Hillary Clinton (above right) for restoring her faith, the food and the service to the White House during the Sara Lee Frontrunner Awards Luncheon in 1999 (menu above left). Hover over any item or picture to inflate it fully via the star in the right corner.
Senior Curator Martin C.J. Mongiello, MBA
Master Certified Food Executive (MCFE), Licensed Executive Chef (LEC)
Major Curator & Curatorial Director, Allan B. Miller, CHM
Human Resources Director, Stormy LeAnn Mongiello, PHR
Presidential Curator and Marketing Manager, Andrew M. King, CMM
Presidential Mixologist and Historian, Travis McVey
Consultant to Gift Shop, Connie Fails
The Gipper enjoys a wonderful lunch at Camp David.
(L) Proud US Navy Chefs pose with President & Mrs. Eisenhower. Our museum tour is included (35-minute guided) with every stay... & (R) The White House Blue Room is highly featured on our tour.
(L) Assorted culinary medals, mugs, cups, glasses and china are shown. (R) Pewter, 24 K gold and fine china plates are shown.
(L) Eggs figure into a lot of cookery and bakery - but the White House Easter Egg Roll is fun with wooden eggs! Find out about the children at the foot of the pyramids banging colored eggs around and how this influenced Dolly Madison to start the idea here. (R) Different recipes and favorites of the Presidents and First Families will be shown and talked about - with a few stories as well... All of the famed White House Executive Chefs, like Marti's mentor and boss - Walter Scheib, are featured and their books sold here.
(L) Why 50 to 60 US Navy Chefs are at the White House will be shared as will the dozen at Camp David. (R) Five different letters from Presidents wishing thanks to Chef Marti will be seen. Interesting artwork and menus from around the world are shared when he cooked for the people of Asia and Europe representing the cuisines of the USA. Chef Marti retired from the US Navy after 21 years service to our country.
The Presidential Culinary Museum® at The Inn of the Patriots™ Bed & Breakfast, Grover, Cleveland County, NC is a non-partisan museum. Impolite comments about specific Presidents during tours only make others feel uncomfortable. Any guest expressing anger over a specific President during a tour will be escorted out of the building. Threatening comments against any President are always reported to the United States Secret Service in Charlotte and Washington, D.C. as they are a felony. Please be mindful that threatening comments made to a past President are also reported. Impolite comments about specific Presidents during tours only make others feel uncomfortable.
(Above) We are very proud to celebrate with our friends and family over the debut of, "The Butler." We have been informing guests of it and encouraging them to watch it on DVD, streaming or via the internet when possible. As professional butlers, servants, cooks, chefs, bakers and household managers to the Presidents, we are very proud.
Below is the film trailer for Hyde Park on Hudson and the famed biting of, "The Hot Dog," by the King of England, King George VI. We featured President Roosevelt's favorite Seafood Soup on CBS TV on May 26, 2013. We also highlighted his love of hotdogs on another episode with WBTV during a 2013 Inauguration special.
Click below to see a .pdf about the history and background of White House State Dinners, that Chef Marti cooked and served at, as Official Functions of the United States of America. Click the .pdf for detailed information about Camp David and managing the 16 private homes the President has there, several hotels and four restaurants at the resort and conference center.