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A Former Norwich, CT Guy Names A Potato Chip Flavor!


Well here’s something you didn’t know. Have you seen those new flavors of Lays potato chips lying around in various places in sandwich shops? The flavors are New York Reuben, Southern Biscuits and Gravy, Wavy West Coast Truffle Fries and Kettle Cooked Greektown Gyro?


Well guess what…the New York Reuben flavor was suggested by a guy who went to the third grade in Norwich, Connecticut and I met him on the way back from Indiana to Connecticut a few days ago. Yep, that’s right. Jeff Solensky is working in a place called Station 101 Pub and Kitchen, a great little restaurant that has a ton of beers on draft in Dubois, Pennsylvania. It’s next to the Fairmont Inn and Suites which is about the half-way point between Connecticut and South Bend, Indiana where I grew up. A great little motel right off of I 80-90…which we always stay in. I highly recommend it. Any way…my husband Mark and I were eating late night just before closing having just come off the highway and met Solensky. He had a shirt on with a photo of his Reuben potato chips…and I just had to ask… “Jeff what’s the deal?” He told me he thought up the idea for the flavor and that he was one of four finalists across the country to win one million dollars if he is proclaimed the number one chip flavor. Well for heavens sakes, I said…”do you have any of your chips around that I could try?” He tells me “hold on” and goes and fetches some. I really liked them and him and I hope he wins just because he has Connecticut ties. I asked him what he would do with so much money and he tells me, “I would take my sister to a wonderful extended trip to Italy. How sweet is that?  So…try them..and if you like them…give Jeff the thumbs up in a vote. He is a great guy and all the folks at Station 101 are rooting for him to win, they told me they are so proud of him. It was really cute to hear this story in the middle of a tiny town in Pennsylvania after being pretty weary after driving about 400 miles.273

Watch the video and you will see Jeff!