How To Start A Hot Dog Business

In a previous post I wrote about people in America who risked their retirement or savings and bought a hot dog-cart. One thing they all had in common besides the obvious was no plan. They all did not go into business and plan to fail, they just failed to plan.  So I thought I would create a series of posts about starting and running a hot dog business.

The most important point is to plan ahead. Ask questions like will the cart I am looking to buy pass local or county health department codes? Most local or city governments do not communicate with the health dept. So what may be ok in your city might not pass with the health dept.    

Most of what I see on the internet is “Buy this cart and in a few days you too can be your own boss making money by selling hot dogs!” It simply does not work that way.  Case and point: read this post about someone selling hot dog carts on eBay and not delivering.

caveat emptor  about anyone claiming to help you make it big in the hot dog-cart business.  I have spent the last 6 years building  my business  up to where even in December and January we are busy. It didn’t happen overnight and I didn’t get it from reading some internet “Hot Dog Book”.

New this year We have teamed up with trappersherwood.com  and will be doing a series of interviews with successful hot dog-cart owners so that you can get some awesome info for free. In fact if you have a question you would like to ask contact me and I  will make sure we put it in the interview.

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Top Food Trends For 2011: Hot Dogs

Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine picked up the top trends of 2011 has revealed that pies, hot dogs, gourmet airport food will be the flavour of the year.

Liz Vaccariello, the magazine’s editor-in-chief  picked out three of her magazine’s top food trends for 2011 that can already be seen in New York.

1. Gourmet airport food

“Food is comforting, and with all the hassles of flying these days, that is more important than ever,” Vaccariello explained.

“Also, airport dining is one last opportunity to get a taste of the town. The local chefs are finding out that this is their chance to leave either the first taste or last taste in New York City.

“The best chefs in the city are recognizing that people who travel tend to be people who care about food.

“Another part of the issue is that the food on planes is so bad and you have to pay for it now. So people want to eat before they get on the plane and they want to eat well,” she said.

2. Pies

 Vaccariello insists “Pies are really coming back into style,” she said, pointing out that even President Obama loves eating pie.

“We are seeing pies have their day in the sun because they are the ultimate comfort food. There is something so familiar about pie. In many ways, it can be a one-dish meal.

“Not only are restaurants serving pies on their regular menus, but you are seeing pie-specific places pop up,” she revealed.

3. Artisanal hot dogs

“There’s something so iconic about a hot dog from a cart in New York City, but that’s not what we are talking about here,” Vaccariello said.

“We are talking about fancy hot dogs with fancy toppings. We’ve already done this with pizza and burgers; 2011 is hot dog’s year to shine.

“They have a pickle dog with mayo and mustard and the salty taste mixed with the hot dog just puts you in heaven.

“It’s really what we put on top of the hot dog that’s starting to matter. You can really get creative with the flavours and textures,” she added.

Got an idea for a great hot dog topping? contact me and I will post it on my blog.

Thanks to DailyIndia.com for the info