Listen in for a wienie celebration of Chicago hot dogs and hot dog stands. We travel back to the Depression dog days of the 30’s and show the comfort those special sausages and their stands provided during their early years through the hard times of today. From the no-frills success of places like Gene & Jude’s to the mega stands like Portillo’s, Vienna Beef executive Bob Schwartz focuses on the people who make hot dogs, sell ‘em and eat ‘em.
Bob Schwartz has been part of the customer development team of the iconic Vienna Beef company for more than 30 years. He has just released a new book Never Put Ketchup On A Hot Dog, which covers a savory slice of hot dog history. Mr. Schwartz is introduced by our own nationally recognized hot dog authority, Bruce Kraig, PhD, president of the Culinary Historians of Chicago.
Recorded Saturday, December 13, 2008 at Kendall College.