Monday, May 4, 2009

Hot Dog!

On Sunday I went to a pretty amazing food event, the Hot Dog Hootenanny at Astor Center in New York.  There were four types of hot dogs available for tasting, all you can drink beer and prosecco and a hot dog lecture given by Bruce Kraig, author of Hot Dog: A Global History.

The hot dogs were all delicious examples of regional and haute hot dog styles.  The classic New York style dog from Papaya King was topped off with sauerkraut, mustard and a sweet, ketchupy onion sauce.  The Chicago dog was had all of the traditional accompaniments - mustard, onion, tomato, celery salt, neon green relish,  a pickle spear and sport peppers all on top of a Vienna frank in a poppy seed bun.  

The two nouveau dogs were really fantastic. The Korean Bulgogi dog from New York Hot Dogs and Coffee was topped with spicy, sesame accented bulgogi, some lettuce and pickles and served on a bun that was a little chewier and more substantial than a regular hot dog bun.  The last dog was from the hot dog joint / secret cocktail bar Crif Dogs- the Chihuahua Dog is a deep fried, bacon wrapped dog served with slices of avocado and sour cream, insanely delicious.

The beer was from Kelso Brewery in Brooklyn, they provided a nutty brown ale that complimented the hot dogs perfectly.

The Hot Dog Hootenanny was  a great tribute to the humble hot dog and there are rumors of a similar hamburger event taking place in the near future!

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