The afterglow of the Cubs’ finally winning the MLB World Series after a 100-year drought will never fade, but with the first series against the Cardinals this week, it is time to get back to work.
Tonight we celebrate the start of the 2017 Cubs season with the return of Chicago Hot Dogs, running April 4 to 8 in the Friendly Confines on the Plaza. We’ll be serving classic tube steaks at Carpe Vino 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.
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 and watch the Cubbies spank the Cards!. We won’t run out!