Hail to the hot dog

by Lawrence Aylward
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The Foodseum in Chicago pays homage to the frankfurter.
The Hot Dog and Encased Meat of the World” exhibit celebrates the frankfurter. (photo: Foodseum)

CHICAGO – The hot dog, while originating in Germany as the frankfurter, has evolved into arguably America’s most recognized food. Nowhere is this more evident than in Chicago, where the hot dog is so prevalent that the city has one named after it, the dragged-through-the-garden Chicago Dog.

So it makes sense that Chicago’s new Foodseum, the city’s first food museum, will feature the hot dog in its first exhibit. “The Hot Dog and Encased Meat of the World” exhibit runs through Dec. 20. According to Kyle Joseph, executive director of Foodseum, the exhibit “fully showcases the history of and international obsession with encased meat.”

The Foodseum features interactive exhibits focusing on smell, touch and taste.

“Food is such an important part of each of our lives,” Joseph said. “Foodseum will provide visitors a fun and interactive window into what’s behind it all. Our exhibits will give visitors a taste of the positive impact an interactive food museum can have and how they can be a part of it. We’re looking forward to building a community that supports a permanent Foodseum in Chicago.”

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