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Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America with Prof. Bruce Kraig

Event Date: 10/29/2013
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Roosevelt University, 425 S. Wabash, Rm. 418

When Franklin Roosevelt invited King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to visit the United States in 1939 (the first such trip ever made by a British monarch), the president entertained them with a state dinner at the White House, and then had them accompany him to Hyde Park, where he showed off the real America by serving them hot dogs. The next day, the front page of the New York Times ran the headline, "KING TRIES HOT DOG AND ASKS FOR MORE"; the diplomatic triumph was complete. Why is the hot dog, descendent of thousands of years of European sausage-making, the quintessential American food? A favorite backyard, picnic, ballgame, and street food, hot dogs are eaten in massive quantities worldwide—two billion of them are consumed every year just by Americans in the month of July, alone—and yet there is no true consensus about the right way to serve them. From kosher New York frankfurters, served with mustard and sauerkraut, to Southern corn dogs, to New England franks with Boston baked beans, to Southwestern chili dogs, variations are endless. Culinary historian Bruce Kraig, author of the new book, Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America, will discuss the origins and evolution of the frankfurter in its many forms, as well as its name.

hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be served at the event.

Space is limited, so please make your reservations by Oct 25 by clicking on the following link: