Vienna Beef, Chicago’s legendary manufacturer of beef hot dogs, sausages, and other premium food products, has announced a series of special events in honor of the company’s 125th anniversary. The anniversary will culminate in a special celebration at the company’s Damen Avenue headquarters on Chicago’s North Side on August 1, 2018.
Vienna Beef franks are the foundation for the classic Chicago Style hot dog enjoyed throughout the country and around the world. A unique combination of colors, textures, and savory flavors, a true Vienna Beef Chicago Style dog is topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onion, bright green relish, sliced tomatoes, a kosher pickle, sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt, all nestled in a steamed poppy seed bun.
The Vienna Beef hot dog made its debut at the storied 1893 Chicago World’s Fair/Columbian Exposition at a stand operated by Austrian-Hungarian immigrants Emil Reichel and Samuel Ladany. The partners opened the first Vienna Sausage store the following year on the near West Side and soon expanded by selling to other stores and restaurants. Over the decades, the brand became ubiquitous at hot dog stands, ball parks, and backyard barbecues nationwide, synonymous with one of the earliest examples of branding—the famous “V and hot dog on a fork” logo.
Vienna Beef’s 125th anniversary events will emphasize the company’s deep roots in the Chicago community. Highlights of the summer-long celebration will include:
“We’re honored to bring our community together to celebrate 125 years of Chicago’s hot dog,” said Jim Bodman, Vienna Beef Chairman and CEO. “This is a great opportunity to salute the hot dog stands and local businesses who have made Chicago Style hot dogs part of our collective memories, as well as show our appreciation to our customers and employees for their loyal support.”
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