Welcome to City Barbeque in Eastgate, where before opening hours on an early Thursday morning you just might be greeted by a few very friendly and eager faces beaming from the dining room area. This dedicated and hard-working team of students fill barbeque sauce into containers, staples flyers on to-go bags and helps prepare City Barbeque for the busy day ahead. With just one look you can see the sense of accomplishment and pride as these students are being encouraged by their job coaches.
This group of students represent the Aspire Academy, which is a transition program designed to serve West Clermont Local School Students, 18-22 years of age, who need additional training in daily living and work skills. The goal of the program is to prepare the students to work and live as independently as possible. The Aspire Academy includes an intervention specialist and job coaches who are excited and motivated to get students out in the community to increase independence in all areas of life. Some of these areas include personal finances, planning, organizing, time management, self-care, food prep, grocery shopping, household maintenance, social skills, community involvement, health and safety practices and career development.
City Barbeque is very proud to be a part of this program as well as similar programs in other communities. Giving these students the opportunity to develop skills while helping the restaurant is rewarding for everyone involved. The employees’ at City Barbeque love having a dependable team of helpers working alongside them, and employees find motivation in the students’ excitement and interest. Sharing these moments with the Aspire Academy always starts the mornings off better at City Barbeque.
“We strongly believe it is beneficial to give students experiences in the community such as accessing transportation, grocery shopping and developing work skills at places like City Barbeque,” said Julie Carter, Special Education Supervisor, West Clermont Schools. “We are currently working with 10 businesses in the community and we are grateful for each of these partnerships. These businesses help us develop over 15 students each year from Aspire Academy and provide beginning work experiences for over 12 of our high school students. Our young adults benefit greatly from their work based learning experiences in our community.”
Students enter the program through an application process. For more information on the great things the Aspire Academy is doing please contact Julie Carter at email@example.com or (513)943-5025.
And next time you visit City Barbeque know that the sauce sitting on your table just might have been filled with a little extra love!
“The food was amazing. Everyone here complimented on how great everything tasted.” – Jamie
“Everything was great yesterday! Everyone is talking about how delicious the food was and how they really enjoyed it. We truly appreciate all you and your staff did to make our luncheon a success. We are looking forward to the fundraiser at your restaurant as well. Again, thanks so much for all your help!” – Dianne
“Nothing but compliments for the food . . . it was a home run. We fed over 800 men.” -Mark
“I just wanted to thank you and Jessie for such a successful bbq! Everyone loved the food and the service! I will definitely recommend City BBQ to friends for catering and use you guys for our next BBQ.” – Ashley
“Lunch was amazing today!!! Thank you!” – Krissy
“City BBQ catering was big hit with our small group… everything was great. Several commented on the chicken and how good it was. I really liked the pulled pork, chicken and baked beans. Thanks again and I will reach out to you again for future catering events!” – Becki
“City Barbeque catered my daughter’s wedding. I cannot say enough about them. There are not enough words to express how good of a job they did. We chose the 3 meat, two sides with dessert. I received so many compliments about the amazing food. Dean was very patient with me as I asked a million questions over a 7 month period. It tasted like it came right out of your own kitchen. So fresh and homemade. Wedding food can be less then par but not City Barbeque. They know how to effectively serve large crowds fresh food. Thank you City Barbeque and Dean. You made my daughters day perfect!!! “
- Theresa H.
“I can’t say enough good things about your food and your catering crew. We’ve had you all cater our daughter’s wedding and recently, my company‘s Christmas party. Food was excellent and so was the service. Thank you! “
– Jami Lou
We sell out every year, so contact your local joint to secure it’s place on your family table. Easter pick-up is Saturday, April 4.
Don’t forget the sides! Potato salad, green beans with bacon and peach cobbler with real whipped cream complete the perfect spread.
Our ham can feed up to 25 folks and costs 69.00.
City Barbeque donated 12,500 dollars to non-profit Resurrecting Lives Foundation, whose mantra is, “Resurrect a hero; strengthen the nation.” The donation was in conjunction with the barbecue restaurant’s anniversary celebration in January, highlighting 15 years of giving back to the community in which it serves. The donation was raised directly through sales of City Barbeque reusable tumblers purchased by customers for 5 dollars with the perk of receiving free refills through March.
“I am just so very grateful at your generosity and the success of the campaign. You are wonderful for doing this for our returning heroes,” said Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Chrisanne Gordon.
Resurrecting Lives Foundation assists in the recovery and reintegration of Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans by defining the brain pathology and by developing protocols for recovery. They advocate for returning heroes and their families for collaborations with civilian institutions to provide health care, education and employment. As Director of Operations, Eric Kazmierczak explains, “We honor the fallen by taking care of their brothers and sisters who return.”
“We also had a few Veterans come forward with questions about their injuries, and we are assisting them currently – so it was a perfect timing, and we cannot thank you enough.”- Dr. Chrisanne Gordon
In addition to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation, company-wide charity ties include ongoing partnerships with Future Farmers of America, Elderheart- an organization promoting social awareness for post-traumatic stress disorder in Veterans, and Food Rescue- which collaborates with local food banks to freeze and donate any quality leftovers at each City Barbeque location. All locations partner with local organizations to give back to the communities in their backyards. As a company initiative City Barbeque allows any non-profit to host fundraisers at their locations with 25 percent of sales brought in going directly back to their cause. In 2014, City Barbeque held almost 2,000 fundraising events for local charities.