Upcoming Events

23 Jun

See Patty’s photography! Hear Bruce’s extensive hot dog knowledge!  These events were in 2013. 2014 coming soon!

August 11, Chicago: Hot Dog Fest at The Chicago History Museum

July 5, Michigan City, Indiana: First Friday at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts.

July 10, Chicago: Cliff Dwellers Club opening  reception.

July 13, Chicago: Gapers Block Hot Dog Cookoff


Ditka car dog

13 Feb

Ditka car dog

Waiting for Spring near Vienna Beef Factory in Chicago

USA Today Feature

22 Jul

Outside the famous Ben's in Washington, DC

USA Today Feature

The humble hot dog has come a long way since 19th-century European immigrants began selling them on the streets. “It was one of the original fast foods,” says Bruce Kraig, co-author with Patty Carroll of Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America (Atamira, $40). Now, he says, chefs are dressing up the dog with exotic meats and condiments. Kraig shares with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY some favorite spots for a bite.

TimeOut Chicago shows and tells Man Bites Dog!

19 Jul

For national hot dog month, we are featured in TimeOut Chicago: a conversation with Bruce and pictures by Patty. Click  this link  to see it!

4th of July Special

4 Jul

4th of July Special

Bruce wrote a wonderful article for the LA Times about how the founding fathers would deal with hot dogs! Read it!

Lake Shore Public Radio talks to us in Indiana!

29 Jun

Lake Shore Public Radio talks to us in Indiana!

Patty and Bruce talked to Regionally Speaking Host Steve Walsh about the best stands in Northwest Indiana and the culinary history of the dog. Have a listen!


Northwest Indiana! Tune in to 89.1FM today, 1:15 PM CST

26 Jun
While Chicago is – of course – very well known in the history of the hot dog, what role does Indiana have to play with this iconic hot dog? How did the hot dog factor into Hoosiers getting their nickname? Find out the answer to this question and more with Bruce and Patty on Lakeshore 89.1FM on Regionally Speaking with Steve Walsh today at 1:15 PM CST.
Regionally Speaking airs Monday through Friday at 1 PM CST.

Bruce and Patty Talk on Travel Itch

25 Jun

Bruce and Patty Talk on Travel Itch

On Blog Talk Radio, Travel Itch interviewed us about the book. Check it out, as it is really fun!

Cliff Dwellers Club, July 10 Opening Reception for Man Bites Dog

23 Jun

Decades in the making, an exhibition of more than 30 photographs of American hot dog stands, their lively proprietors, patrons and iconic products, shot by Patty Carroll, will open with a reception on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Avenue, 22nd floor penthouse.

The public is invited to the July 10 opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, and admission is free. Carroll and her co-author, noted food historian Dr. Bruce Kraig, will attend the event. Signed copies of Man Bites Dog will be available for purchase at a discounted price. A cash bar will be open.

The Cliff Dwellers Club is for people engaged in and supporting the arts. Founded in Chicago in 1907, their purpose is to establish a place where people seriously interested in the arts, both professionals and committed observers, could come together in a congenial and friendly way. The Cliff Dwellers is a private club and non-profit organization. Visit cliff-chicago.org.


July 5 is Hot Dog First Friday at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana

23 Jun

In Michigan City, Indiana, the Lubeznik Center for the Arts will host Patty and Bruce for a book discussion and reception at their monthly First Friday series.

On Friday, July 5, 2013, photographer Patty Carroll’s work will bring to life the anecdotes of noted culinary historian, Dr. Bruce Kraig, of American hot dog stands, their lively proprietors, patrons and iconic products. Kraig will narrate the links between hot dogs and immigration, baseball, entrepreneurship, the growth of America’s urban centers and regional culinary preferences.

Samplings from local hot dog stands will be available for tasting and a DJ in the garden will entertain later in the evening.

The public is invited to the July 5 book discussion and reception from 5 to 8 PM CST, and admission is free to attend. Cash bar will be provided and light refreshments available for purchase. Signed copies of Man Bites Dog will be available for purchase at a discounted price.

The Lubeznik Center for the Arts is a dynamic, contemporary arts center in Michigan City, Indiana, whose mission is to creatively interweave art exhibitions, the performing arts, educational programming and collaborative community outreach in order to enrich the arts experience within the region. Visit the Center at 101 W. Second Street, Michigan City, Indiana, and contact at (219) 874-4900 or online at www.lubeznikcenter.org



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