In 2001 state Senator Barack Obama did a favor for his friend David Manilow and taped a guest stint on "Check, Please!" pimping Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop's peach cobbler. Yum.















Look at that baby face:




And you've gotta love this detail from the Chicago Tribune story:

Both Manilow and then-host Amanda Puck remember Obama's debut as a restaurant critic came at a time when the show was still being tweaked.

And the president-elect was too good—too thoughtful, too articulate, not enough of an amateur. He ended up dominating the conversation.

"It was unbalanced," Manilow said, "to put it charitably."

Barack Obama To Take A Turn On 'Check, Please!' [Chicago Tribune]