Between the Cubs and the White Sox, it’s hard not to get swept up in baseball mania here in Chicago. But forget about soaking in the sun at a day game at Wrigley Field or dodging flying beer cups in the bleacher seats at Cellular Field, baseball season is all about the hot dogs.
From a juicy Vienna Beef to a meatless veggie dog at the Cell, Chicagoans enjoy slathering their savory goodness with mustard, onion, sweet pickle relish (usually a dyed neon green variety called “Nuclear Relish”), a dill pickle spear, tomato slices, pickled sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt. With that said, here’s your weekly food trivia:
1. Which city was the first to offer the hot dog as we know it (in a bun topped with condiments)?
A.) Coney Island
B.) St. Louis, MO.
Answer: All of the above. It’s been said that in 1870, a German immigrant named Charles Feltman started selling sausages in rolls on Coney Island. However, another story claims it’s the wife of a German man named Antonoine Feuchtwanger who is credited for the invention of the hot dog. In 1880, Feuchtwanger sold hot dogs on the streets of St. Louis, offering each customer a set of white gloves to be worn so the hot dog didn’t burn their hands. The customers kept running off with the gloves, which irritated Feuchtwanger’s wife. Thus, she invented an even better solution to protect the hands – the bun.
And finally, there is also the possibility that the first hot dog introduced in America was at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. A Bavarian sausage seller named Anton Ludwig Feuchtwanger started selling buns alongside the hot dogs because he, too, was fed up with customers running away with the white gloves.