July is National Hot Dog Month

July is National Hot Dog Month, and Naperville never knew so much about the American favorite, until the Senior Vice President of Vienna Beef came to town.

At Naper Settlement, residents came to listen to author Bob Schwartz talk about his book, “Never Put Ketchup on a Hot Dog.”

The Vienna Beef executive has been in the hot dog business for nearly 40 years, and knows everything from who sells to who eats the Chicago-style dog.

The audience got to see a slideshow that showcased the history of Vienna Beef, which was brought over to the states by Austrian immigrants in 1893.

The audience got the chance to make a Chicago-style dog, some, disregarded Schwartz’s message and put ketchup on, anyways.

NCTV17 took to the streets to find out how residents dress their dogs.

“I like my hot dogs plain, that’s it,” said Delvon Mingo.

Sergio Uribes said, “The pickle, the peppers, the onion, the mustard, that’s what I like.”

Batavia resident, John Overstreet said, “Gotta have ketchup, onion, pickle, relish, that’s about all.

Amy Donahue admits,“everyone says, don’t do ketchup, but i like ketchup.”

“I do ketchup, sorry Chicago,” said Mason Sass.

Americans eat more than 16 billion hot dogs a year. It’s even a food approved to travel to outer space, and one of the first foods Neil Armstrong ate on the moon.


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