Wednesday, December 19, 2001

Famous pork now in school cafeteria

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        MIDDLETOWN — The Montgomery Inn finally has a Butler County location. But you have to be a Middletown Public School student or employee to enjoy it.

        Teen-agers began devouring the first pulled pork sandwiches Tuesday morning at Middletown High School.

[photo] Middletown High School senior Crystal Moore (right) wipes her mouth after taking a bite from a Montgomery Inn barbecue sandwich. Her school was the first to offer the famous pork.
(Michael Snyder photo)
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        “It was excellent,” said senior Mike Burt, after finishing his third sandwich.

        “I would have had four if I had the money.”

        Middletown is the first site for a marketing effort to bring some of the Greater Cincinnati icon's products to school lunchrooms.

        “We thought it would be fun. It's pretty exciting,” said Carole Mayabb, the Food Service Director. “We're introducing a world-famous product they (students) may have heard about, but never had a chance to taste. Montgomery Inn gets a chance to introduce their products. We get to boost our lunch sales.”

        She had 1,100 pounds of the pork in the famous sauce, plus 20 extra gallons of sauce prepared. At the high school, it was served with Saratoga chips. Elementary students got fries.

        Within weeks, the sandwiches may be available in the lunchrooms in the Adams County, Kenton County, Boone County, Princeton, Oak Hills and Fairfield Schools, said Mike Clifton, owner of CK Food Sales, the sales and marketing firm hired for the project.

        As at Middletown on Tuesday, Mr. Clifton said, his firm would bring a 30-foot long banner and bibs for the students the day the sandwiches debut in the lunchroom.

        For $1.90, students in grades 7-12 got a sandwich, fries, a frozen diced peach cup, pretzel rod and milk. Younger students paid $1.75. Sandwiches a la carte were $1.30.

        “This is what I want,” said senior Patrick Robinson, 17, who bought a second sandwich.

        “I'll get it again,” said Junior Mark Johnson, 16, who said the sandwich was slightly sweeter than what he's eaten at Montgomery Inn. “It promotes lunch.”

        Mrs. Mayabb said the pulled pork sandwich will likely appear on the elementary school menus every six to eight weeks and on the junior and senior high menus several times a month, depending on sales.


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