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Did the Biltmore Dairy Bar give rewards to customers who could eat all of a huge dessert?

Jim Ware

Reader Richard explains the question he submitted:

“Background: Today I saw this post on Facebook: I remember the Biltmore Dairy Bar … they had a pig’s dinner … or something huge like a banana split and if you ate it all you got a ribbon or pin or something like that … don’t remember if I ever got the prize!”

“My response was: I could be wrong, but it seems to me they gave a ‘wooden nickel’ that said something to the effect, that ‘I ate a pig’s dinner at Biltmore Dairy Bar.’ but that might be 100% wrong.”

“So, I guess the question – which might be impossible even for MyReporter.com to answer – is, in the 1950s did the Biltmore Dairy Bar at 17th and Dawson streets give any ‘rewards’ to customers who could eat all of a huge dessert (perhaps one dubbed a ‘Pig’s Dinner’) and, if so, did they give a prize (a wooden nickel, a free pig’s dinner, a gift certificate or whatever)?

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2 Responses to “ Did the Biltmore Dairy Bar give rewards to customers who could eat all of a huge dessert?”

  1. On February 15, 2012 at 11:00 am Si Cantwell wrote:

    I’m a staffer at the StarNews.
    Jeanette Harris called to say that the dish was called a “pig’s trough.”
    It was a big banana split, with four scoops of ice cream — any flavor you wanted — strawberry, pineapple and chocolate toppings, Cool Whip and a cherry on top.
    Customers could add or take off ingredients as they wished.
    And she says no, there was no reward for eating the whole thing.
    She worked there in 1954 or 1955.
    She said the location at 17th and Dawson was where Chris’s Restaurant is now, and there was a second, smaller location at Hanover Center, between Rose’s and Colonial grocery store.

  2. On February 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm Bob Cantwell wrote:

    Yes, he has it just right. The Pig’s Dinner was served in a wooden trough, and if you finished it you got a badge that said so. As I recall the badge was a wooden disk with a pin on the back, so you could proudly wear the symbol of your gluttony.

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