2007 was the year of Hot Dog Etiquette. How well we handle those bun wrapped puppies come July 4 of 2008, who knows?
None of our sources agree when asked who started the Hot Dog Wars now becoming to be known as the Weiner War. The only thing they do agree on is Hot Dog Etiquette rules still apply, so they’ll be once more made available to you right after your War News.
This year since January 1, Americans have consumed 956,000,000 hot dogs not counting our munch of choice at sports events, trade shows, conventions, country fairs. The battle for the bun was predictable when hot dog makers discovered we are eating a lot of dogs in 2008 but our numbers are the same as 2007, we are not eating more of them.
To get ahead of completers this Independence Day, Kraft introduces the snack-size hot dog, completely reformulating it’s Weiner recipe. They also changed their spice blend so they could lay claim to today making the juiciest hot dog they’ve ever offered up.
Not to be outdone, arch rival Ball Park came up with the Angus Beef Hot Dogs, touting they now bring you the First National Hot Dog to contain real Angus Beef. It sounds like somebody may be making Hot Dogs with faux Angus Beef but we can’t find them to ask.
So no matter the lack of civility between leading Hot Dog makers, it is every bit as important to Eat Your Hot Dog Correctly, Please.
With National Hot Dog day almost here, peak lake and sea shore barbecuing, those back yard smokers heating up, camp sites getting hot dog ready, its more important than ever that we all display our best Hot Dog Eating manners, “Eat them dogs right:,” exclaims our National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.
Estimated number of hot dogs consumed this year at Major League stadiums, according to a poll of concessionaires by the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council will be same as last year, 26,000,000.
If stretched end-to-end those hot dogs would create a line all the way from Camden Yards to Dodger Stadium
Hot Dogs are traditional baseball stadium fare, Hot Dog consumption park leaders are Chavez Ravine; Dodger fans chowing down an estimated 1.61 million, silver medal winner runner up – Rockies’ Coors Field at 1.5 million, third place, Wrigley Field still with 1.47 million.
And lastly how did the hot dog come to be? In 1904 St. Louis drew people from all over to the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition – also known as the “World’s Fair”. It reported that sausage concessionaire Anton Feuchtwanger ran short of gloves he relied on when he handed hot dogs to customers. He approached his brother-in-law, a baker, challenging him to help, and thus, the baker gave birth to what we today know as the “bun”.
There is no question that hot dogs go back further than a hundred years. A hot Dog precursor is clearly spoken of in Homer’s Odyssey, 850 B.C.
Frankfurt, Germany is believed to have developed the frankfurter years before Columbus set out to find the “New World”.
Brooklyn resident Charles Feltman opened the first hot dog stand on Coney Island in 1867.
Can any treat with such a past deserve less than Eating Etiquette?
As was the case last year, Coney to California, come July, the Hot Dog is still and probably will remain for a long time to come, Top Dog.