WBEZ | hot dog http://www.wbez.org/tags/hot-dog Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Celebrating the annoying music of Jim Nayder http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-01/morning-shift-celebrating-annoying-music-jim-nayder <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Jim_Nayder-timeoutchicago.com_.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hot Doug&#39;s owner Doug Sohn chats up Tony about his new book, Hot Doug&#39;s: The Book, and how he refined America&#39;s favorite tubular meat. Chicago magazine&#39;s Dennis Rodkin explains how immigrants can boost area home values, according to research done at Duke University.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-hot-doug-s-and-houses.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-hot-doug-s-and-houses" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Celebrating the annoying music of Jim Nayder" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 08:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-01/morning-shift-celebrating-annoying-music-jim-nayder Chicago hot dog court battle heats up in Vienna Beef v. Red Hot http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-hot-dog-court-battle-heats-vienna-beef-v-red-hot-88261 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-23/53020003.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Another week, another wiener scandal.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.viennabeef.com/">Vienna Beef</a> Chief Executive Jim Bodman, either <a href="http://www.redhotchicago.com/">Red Hot Chicago</a> stole the Vienna Beef hot dog recipe, or its marketing is lying to customers. As a result, the company has filed a lawsuit against its sausage-making rival.</p><p>“Scott has been running ads in the trade magazines telling people that he’s using the original family formula,” Bodman said about Red Hot Chicago founder Scott Ladany in a phone interview, “We’re concerned that he is attempting to mislead people into thinking that he is part of our organization or we’re a big happy family or something like that.”</p><p>Scott Ladany is the grandson of Samuel Ladany, one of the two founders of Vienna Beef in 1893. Scott Ladany worked for Vienna Beef until he decided to leave in 1983 to start his own hot dog company. On his exit, he signed employment and severance agreements that prohibited him from using the company’s recipes.</p><p>Bodman doesn’t know if Red Hot Chicago is using Vienna Beef’s hot dog recipe -- he says Ladany has denied it -- but he does know that their advertising is unfair.</p><p>“It’s [the lawsuit’s] coming now because he started using the phrase that he has been using original family recipes,” Bodman said. “And that’s a new phrase. And that’s the one that really bothered us.”</p><p>A Red Hot Chicago representative said they are not yet ready to comment on the lawsuit.</p><p><a href="http://www.culinaryhistorians.org/home.html">Culinary historian Dr. Bruce Kraig</a>, who wrote a book titled <a href="http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/H/bo6899754.html"><em>Hot Dog: A Global History</em></a>, said when he tasted the two hot dog brands side-by-side several years ago, he detected a difference in the two. But he said that doesn’t prove it’s not the same recipe.</p><p>“Anyone that makes a Chicago-style, the flavoring profile that is in a Vienna, can come close and it wouldn’t be exactly the same,” Kraig said. “So I can’t comment on whether that recipe is reproduced by Red Hot Chicago.”</p><p>But in court, evidence can be found to show what ingredients were used in each wiener, said Kraig.</p><p>“Any sausage maker can replicate any recipe, because the chemists can analyze it,” Kraig said. “So they know whether it’s the same recipe or not.”</p></p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 19:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-hot-dog-court-battle-heats-vienna-beef-v-red-hot-88261 Something you should eat: Sonoran hot dog from Big Star http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-02-22/something-you-should-eat-sonoran-hot-dog-big-star-82598 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/hotdognew.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/20177720?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;color=c40215" frameborder="0" height="449" width="599"></iframe></p><p>All of the talk about <a href="http://www.bigstarchicago.com/">Big Star</a> has centered on its brown liquors, crafty cocktails and ridiculously inexpensive-yet-highly-delicious tacos and other Southwest honkytonk fare. Yet in the city that practically created the hot dog, it's little surprise to see an all-beef Vienna on the menu, albeit one with Arizona roots. The Sonoran dog here gets a proper sheath of bacon, as well as some <em>frijoles charros</em>, plus a healthy squirt of mustard, mayo and green chile hot sauce. Roughly-chopped white onions and red tomatoes reflect its Chicago home. The entire package is sealed in a sturdy, starchy Mexican <em>bolillo</em> roll from <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps/place?client=safari&amp;rls=en&amp;oe=UTF-8&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;q=artemio%27s+bakery+chicago&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=us&amp;hq=artemio%27s+bakery&amp;hnear=Chicago,+IL&amp;cid=11261820446938667015">Artemio's Bakery</a> down the street on Milwaukee Avenue. Served with a Mexican Coke (that means pure cane sugar, no high fructose corn syrup), it's going to taste even better once that patio opens up in a month or two.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-02-22/something-you-should-eat-sonoran-hot-dog-big-star-82598