Acme chef Thom Fox organized the Haute Dog event in part as a fundraiser for the sustainable foods advocacy org Chefs Collaborative. Hopeful attendees ponied up $5 for each dog, and $3 for a cup of local microbrew. Why are wieners fueling the zeitgeist these days? "They're a low price point item," Fox told SFoodie, "and they're from a great American tradition. They're hand-tooled stuff, all small-batch stuff," he said.
The nine dogs on offer -- cooked over charcoal on a grill set up oustside the restaurant -- were from a bicoastal roster of wiener artisans: Let's Be Frank, Fatted Calf, Boccalone, and Absinthe, among local producers, as well as East Coast makers Fleisher's and Flying Pigs Farm.
About halfway through the event, certain dogs were in short supply. SFoodie managed to snag a red hot from Brooklyn's Marlow & Daughters. It was a rough-textured blend of beef and pork in a crisp casing and an ambient smokiness. Delicious.