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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bite the Zeitgeist Next Week at Acme's Artisanal Wiener Tasting

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 4:58 PM

click to enlarge 4505 Meats' Dogzilla-style hot dog: Cultural icon in a bun. - J. BIRDSALL
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  • 4505 Meats' Dogzilla-style hot dog: Cultural icon in a bun.
What is it about the hot dog -- traditional lunch of toddlers, work-boot wearers, and Costco shoppers -- that's turned all zeitgeisty? Sure, it's the curdled economy -- big duh. For the price of a turkey club, you can get a deuce of dogs, and everyone knows that two of something is always better than one of another. Always. And in an age when street food of any kind is sexy -- even, perversely, curried frog legs, which, served up on a gold-rimmed plate, are the farthest things from sexy -- hot dogs are America's native-born cart food, the tacos of the Rust Belt.

But how well do you really know this suddenly essential food? Find out next Thursday, August 20th, when Acme Chophouse is mounting a kind of horizontal tasting of artisanal wieners. Called Haute Dogs, the event features nine dogs from a handful of bicoastal tube-steak artists.

There'll be dogs from hometown heroes 4505 Meats by Ryan Farr, Absinthe, and Let's Be Frank, as well as from Napa's Fatted Calf (sort of honorary San Franciscans). You'll be able to try Boccalone's mortadella dog, too. New York is representin' via dogs from Fleisher's, Flying Pigs Farm, and Marlow & Daughters. And EcoFriendly Meats of Virginia is offering up a whiff of dirty South, only with a kind of pristine artisanal twist. All dogs are priced at $5.

You'll also be able to score classic Acme apps such as flatbread, sliders, and mac and cheese, and Magnolia Pub & Brewery and 21st Amendment will both offer locally made suds for $3. Wines by the glass? $4.There's a $1 suggested door donation, and part of the evening's proceeds go to Chefs Collaborative; a nonprofit network of chefs seeking to foster sustainable food systems.

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