This Saturday, July 19th, the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off is back and bigger than ever. Last year’s event featured 11 restaurants and food trucks, and this year’s will feature 20. The judges’ decision will be much more difficult and as a visitor, your stomach will be much more full.
Starting at 1 p.m., guests are welcome to sample the hot dogs, enjoy craft beer from Victory Brewing Company, jam out to live music and even vote for their favorite dog of the day. General admission is free, but food/drinks tickets cost $10 for 4 and $30 for 15. Or, if you’re looking for that VIP treatment, spend $30 and get early access at noon, a VIP gift, and 20 food/drink tickets. Proceeds will go to the preservation of the Headhouse Square Shambles. To purchase tickets, click here.
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We bet Hot Diggity’s hot dog casserole will be more appealing.
Hot Diggity is hosting a retro hot dog dinner on Wednesday, February 5th at 8 p.m. Keith Garabedian and company are going to be cooking up some wild hot dog recipes from the 1960s. The dinner is $20 and gets you four courses of retro hot dog cuisine including glaze hot dogs, pink potato and hot dog salad and Asian hot dog casserole.
Seating is limited and the dinner is BYOB.
UPDATE: A second retro hot dog dinner has been added. Thursday, February 6th at 8 p.m. has been added. Call 267-886-9253 to reserve your spot.
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Zagat has the story on Hot Diggity’s Keith Garabedian’s impending expansion into the United Kingdom. Garabedian was approached by a British restaurateur to open Big Dog, a hot dog spot in Birmingham, UK.
Like South Street’s Hot Diggity, the shop will offer unique toppings and housemade dipping sauces. Zagat reports that some of the toppings will include British comfort food into the toppings, so think of things like black pudding and piccalilli relish.
Hot Diggity Owner Expanding to the UK [Zagat]
Noted food dude about town, Hahri Shin won the amateur portion of last month’s South Street District’s Dog Day Competition. As the winner, his Seoul Dog will be on the Hot Diggity menu for the month of August. The dog features grilled pork belly, ssamjang paste, hot sesame oil, shiso leaves, kimchi, onions, and pickled daikon radish.
Shin is also giving away a Seoul Dog every day this month via his Twitter feed. First person per day who follow’s Shin’s directions such as saying “the name is Danger, Carlos Danger” gets the free dog.
Hot Diggity [Official Site]
In case you’ve been living in a highly air-conditioned cave, it’s been like a thousand degrees outside lately. It’s true: we’re officially embroiled in the throes of summer. But fret not, because everyone knows that the only cure for those dog days of summer is … hot dogs!
On Saturday, July 20th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., the South Street Headhouse District, in conjunction with Hot Diggity, will host the 2nd Annual Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off contest and celebration. The event will be held at the historic Headhouse Shambles, located on 400 block of South 2nd Street between Lombard and Pine.
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We’re big fans of corn dogs and are happy that both Hot Diggity and Shake Shack are offering them this Independence Day. Hot Diggity is offering five mini-corn dogs for $5 (with dipping sauce) on the 4th of July while supplies last.
The Shack Corn Dog (pictured) is back at Shake Shack from July 4th through the 7th. The golden brown corn dog is served up with Rick’s Picks sweet corn relish for $4.50. Also available, Shake Shack’s Blueberry Pie Oh My concrete made with fresh blueberry pie from their local bakery buddies.
Hot Diggity University Class #2 on Southern hot dogs will be tonight, Monday, May 20, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.. A ticket to this special class run by local hot dog legend Hawk Krall will set you back $45. The ticket gets you full access to four special hot dogs, lots of beer, and a talk with Hawk. This is a can’t miss for any hot dog aficionado.
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South Street will be closed between 2nd and 8th Street tomorrow, May 4th from noon to 8 p.m. More than thirty restaurants and bars will be serving up food and drink from around the world. The event will also feature Brauhaus Schmitz’s German Maifest, the debut of Hot Diggity’s hot dog cart as well as Lorenzo’s grand re-opening.
Live music will perform all day on the Festival Stage at 5th and South. Five satellite stages will also feature performers throughout the day.
South Street Spring Festival [South Street Headhouse District]
Remember back in January when we told you about the crowd funding project being launched by the Hot Diggity team in an attempt at getting their own hot dog cart up and running?
That’s cool if you don’t, because apparently enough people did find their way to the Lucky Ant page where Keith Garabedian was trying to raise the necessary pesos to get a cart version of his brick-and-mortar Hot Diggity dog shop onto the streets. According to the Insider, the new Hot Diggity cart (Hot Diggity 2: Electric Boogaloo) will be making its debut this coming Saturday at the South Street Headhouse District Spring Fest. It’ll take about a month to work out the kinks with appearances at farmers markets and special events, but after that, the cart will be a permanent fixture on the streets of our fair city.
According to the project page, Garabedian needed $7,ooo to get the cart of his dreams. He ended up raising about $7,700, and thus was a new hot dog cart born.
And that, my friends, is the miracle of life.
Hot Diggity [Official]
Hot Diggity Goes The Cart Route [The Insider]
This month Hot Diggity is collaborating with Nomad Pizza on their hot dog of the month. The NJ Italian Dog features “pizza bread,” slow roasted peppers and onions, fried potatoes, extra virgin olive oil, and a deep fried hot dog.