Drew and I are still trying to get our heads around the fact that the Chicago Cubs are the FREAKING WORLD CHAMPIONS. . .POTENTATES OF THE BASEBALL UNIVERSE!!
The 2016 MLB season was as good as it gets, though us Diehards (and I’m not talkin’ batteries) are primed for a repeat trip to the Fall Classic. Not to get greedy or anything, but we’ve got an afterglow burning that just won’t fade. We’re still waiting, though, for Cubs Manager Joe Maddon to come up with a slogan to top last year’s “Try to Not to Suck!” The newly proposed “That’s Cub” just doesn’t have the same appeal.
What does, however, is our 2017 Cubs season kickoff of Chicago Hot Dogs at Carpe Vino, April 4 to 8 in the Friendly Confines on the Plaza in Old Town Auburn. We’ll be serving classic tube steaks every evening from 5 to 8 p.m. and during the Wine Club tasting on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $8 each or two for $14, served with kettle chips in the wine bar only.
For the uninitiated, here’s how we build em’: It all starts with essential raw materials imported from the City of Big Shoulders: S. Rosen poppy seed buns, steamed before serving; all-beef Vienna brand hot dogs; neon green relish; sport peppers; dill pickle spear; tomato, onion and yellow mustard (French’s is traditional). The secret ingredient is celery salt; the poppy seed bun is essential. Ask for ketchup and you earn a Pete Rose-style lifetime ban from Carpe Vino.
Over the past eight years, we’ve created a rabid following for our Chicago Hot Dog program. We launched for just one night in 2010 and sold a whopping 22 dogs. During the World Series last November, we sold more than 500 of the tasty treats, wrapping with Game 7 when the Moffats hosted a magnificent, 16-foot Jumbtron on the Plaza in Old Town. The crowd was treated to a world class nail bitter, and thank the good Lord that we one.
We elevated our game big league (not bigly) last April when we acquired the ultimate accessory: a stainless steel hot dog cart mounted on a trailer. We’ll be serving our Wrigley Wieners from the cart again, parked proudly in the Wine Mine behind the restaurant.
Come early and get yours!