Entries Tagged as 'hotdog'

Gapers Block Hot Dog Cookoff

July 16th, 2013 · 1 Comment





Later on Saturday afternoon we met up with Sara, Alden, Paula and Kate for the Gapers Block Hotdog Cookoff in the Schuba’s parking lot. This was a pretty cool event. Participating chefs from Kuma’s Corner, Harmony Grill, The Haute and The Dog, ManBQue, and Gapers Block started with Vienna Beef hot dogs and then used them to cook up whatever they wanted. Fat Rice was supposed to participate, but for some reason was not there. Ok with me. I’m kind of annoyed with them right now!

Kuma’s Corner hotdog: Spicy chili and lots of veggies.

Gapers Block hotdog: Thai hotdog kebab.

ManBQue hotdog: A stuffed Mexican hotdog with refried beans, cheese and chicharones, among other things.

Harmony Grill hotdog: Bacon, jalapeno jam, Cheetos-coated fried onions

The Haute and The Dog hotdog: Cheese-stuffed hotdog taco with pulled pork.

Some of the chefs did a hot dog in a bun with crazy toppings, but others did some pretty imaginative stuff. Gapers Block made a Thai hotdog kebab and The Haute and The Dog did a kind of taco hotdog with pulled pork added on the top.



After tasting all of the entries (luckily they were served in half-hotdog portions!) it was time to vote. I really liked Harmony Grill’s hotdog. If I remember correctly, this dog was cooked in bacon fat and had jalapeno jam that was actually pretty sweet. There were some Cheetos fried onions on the top and also some bacon in there somewhere, I think. YUMYUM. Everyone got a slip of paper that they submitted at competitor tables to vote. If you wanted you could also vote “the Chicago way,” by stuffing the ballet boxes with money!



In addition to the popular, people’s choice vote, there was also official judging done by experts! Doug Sohn of Hot Doug’s, David Lissner “The Food Dude“, and Bruce Kraig, author of Man Bites Dog conferred at the end, while Paul Baker tried to listen in, and chose a winner.


Funny thing: ManBQue won both the popular vote and the judges vote! They had a Sonora hotdog that they told me is popular in Northern Mexico and Arizona. Sara thinks she should be a judge next year, since she picked ManBQue as her favorite too!


All in all, we had a really fun time and felt good knowing that all of the proceeds will benefit Reach Out and Read Illinois, an early literacy organization.

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The Cubs Are a Good Mid-Week Distraction…

May 17th, 2012 · No Comments

Penalty: Too many men on the field!

even if they did lose. Jen and Chad invited us to the game, but Dallas had plans so Jill was my date. Chad and I got the yummy grilled hotdogs from the good vendor with the grilled onions. I haven’t had a dog at Wrigley for probably a few seasons. It was delicious.

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Chicago Cut Steakhouse

December 16th, 2010 · No Comments

In September Chicago Cut Steakhouse opened in the building south of where I work. I’ve been curious about it so when I was tasked with choosing a place for a team lunch, I decided to try it out.

Chicago Cut is on the fancier side inside and a bit formal as far as service and decor go. The clientele seemed to be very business-y. I guess that’s what’s to be expected, but our office is very casual so I did feel slightly out of place with our dress.

Out of about 8 people at lunch I was the only girl. I guess they must do this with every woman with a purse, but I thought it was cool that they gave me a purse hanger.

Another reason I wanted to go to Chicago Cut: Their wine list is presented on an iPad.

You can view wines on a map, click for more information, even order the wine right there from the iPad application. I had just gotten off a food-related iPad project, so this was interesting to me.

We started off lunch with some delicious bread.

And then for an appetizer we split a kobe beef hotdog. It was just a few bites each and a few fries, but it was really tasty. And big. I don’t know how you could finish this whole hotdog if you ordered it for yourself.

For lunch I wanted steak, but nothing too heavy, so I got the prime filet steak salad.

We also had some fries, macaroni and cheese, and asparagus for sides. Man, I was so full after this lunch. I don’t think I even ate dinner that night. Everything was so good. But I would advise coming on an expense account. It is a bit pricey ($19.95 for my salad!). Good place for business meetings.

Chicago Cuts is located on LaSalle and the Chicago River.

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