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The Daily Reflector

Friday, April 22, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. senators from across the country got a taste of Greenville on Thursday.

Parker’s Barbecue owner Billy Parker made a five-hour trip to the nation’s capitol to cook up lunch hosted by Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., who showcased several North Carolina foods and products during the Senate GOP’s Thursday Lunch Group. Each week, one Republican senator hosts the Thursday Lunch Group to showcase cuisine from their respective states.

“It was an honor to treat my colleagues to a fantastic North Carolina meal and show them what real barbecue tastes like,” Tillis said. “I’m also pleased that my colleagues are bringing home a great sampling of food and agricultural products from North Carolina, as well as items adorned with the logos of some of our state’s outstanding public universities.”

Tillis introduced and thanked Parker, who has two restaurants in Greenville and another planned on Arlington Boulevard.

The menu included: whole hog barbecue, fried chicken, Brunswick stew, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, cornsticks, garden salad and Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Senators also received gift bags filled with the following North Carolina products: Cheerwine (Salisbury); peanuts (Nashville); Scott Farms sweet potatoes (Lucama); Sun Dog 130 Corn Whisky (Concord) and Texas Pete (Winston-Salem).

Also included in the gift bags were items from the following North Carolina universities: East Carolina University Pirate Koozie, Elizabeth City State paper clip, North Carolina State pen and stadium cup, UNC-Chapel Hill knapsack and stadium cup, UNC Charlotte pen, UNC School of the Arts carpenter pencil, UNC Wilmington pen and stadium cup, Western Carolina pen and lapel pin.

No taxpayer funds were used to purchase the lunch or North Carolina products.