Turlock restaurant removes Colin Kaepernick hot dog from menu

There has been a lot of comments slinging around with regard to Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the National Anthem. However this is much more serious.

A hot dog shop in Kaepernick’s hometown of Turlock, CA, Main Street Footers, has taken a hot dog named in the quarterback’s honor off the menu. The CK7 included chili, coleslaw, Jalapenos and something called “Kaep Sauce.” It is still listed on their online menu, but it is no longer available in the store. It was $6.05 and was first released during the run to Super Bowl 47.

One of the co-owners said people were on both sides of the fence on this topic, but they decided it was just easier to  remove it from the menu, rather than deal with the controversy surrounding it.

Just what exactly is Kaep sauce? So far its a secret. That could open up a whole different discussion here.  Now that Colin has lost his name on the menu board its gotta be down hill from here on out.

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Using Twitter In Your Hot Dog Business

Twitter  is a great tool to use in your mobile hot dog business. It lets customers know where you are and best of all its free! Using Twitter also allows you to build relationships with your customers. Here are some simple practices you can use to improve your following on Twitter and in your business.

To build customer loyalty, strike up conversations with your followers. You can take requests for special orders and deliveries. While you are at it ask followers what their favorite locations are around in your local area. If you get a good review about your food on Twitter, retweet the comment for more exposure.

Just posting tweets without some personality will go unnoticed. Try to make people laugh with witty comments or humor. It lets your customers know there’s a real person behind the business, and they’re likely to keep an eye on the page if they’re entertained.

Twitter is a tool you can use to drive people to your location, but you can also use it to drive people to your website and blog. Businesses can use Twitter to direct followers to their websites to learn more about the company and to increase sales if they have an e-commerce site like Bombdiggity Hot Dogs.

Your number of followers isn’t always a measure of your success on Twitter. When you first start doing this only a fraction of your customers will be on Twitter. So pay attention to how often people tell their friends and co-workers about your location. It’s important to look at how your Twitter strategy is impacting day-to-day operations.

Announcing promotions and contests through Twitter encourages repeat business. Try a 50% off deal for the first 3 customers who saw you on Twitter. This keeps them tuned in to your tweets and adds business for you.

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Starting A Hot Dog Business III

Ok So you have your cart legal, got your permits, and insurance. What about food?  Most people new in the business start off buying hot dogs from Sam’s Club or some place like it.  That’s fine if you want to be like every other hot dog person in town.  What are you going to do to make your product better? I mean a store-bought hot dog pretty much tastes the same no matter who cooks it. So you buy your hot dogs from sam’s Club and to make a profit you have to charge $2.50 to $3.00 (your legal remember?) Sam’s sells a hot dog and a drink for $1.50. How can you justify charging double what they do and your customer gets no drink.

You can try to have  hot dogs shipped in from another part of the country, something that is not in your local area. The problem is it will probably cost more to ship them which will raise the cost of your product.  You will most likely have to buy in bulk to get the cost down, that’s fine if you have the freezer space.

There is a better way: have your hot dogs made for you. Most places have a local butcher shop that will make hot dogs for you. Talk to the person in charge and have them make you a batch. I can guarantee they will be better than any store-bought and will be your own. At Bombdiggity Hot Dogs   we go through so many hot dogs we have a sausage company make ours. One of a kind and our brand. You can’t buy them at the store, and our customers love the one of a kind thing.

I know someone will say there is no butcher shop where they live. Ok so build up on the condiments. Do something different. Try something that doesn’t normally go on a hot dog and call it your own.

How much food should you buy? Well only what you can sell in a weeks time. This will take a bit of practice like anything else. There is no magic number, you will have to learn on your own.  The same holds true for your sides like chips, nachos, and sodas, only buy what you will sell in a weeks time or however many days you plan to work.

Next topic: The 3 most important factors for success: 1 Location 2 Location 3 Location

We are in the final stages of our interviews and will post the info here and at TrapperSherwood.com. These are great free audio interviews with successful hot dog-cart owners.

Starting A Hot Dog Business II

Ok so if you have been following along I started a series on how to start a hot dog biz. We we have been pretty busy at Bombdiggity Hot Dogs so I apologize for not blogging sooner. To pick up where I left off, we have been working on the interviews and will be available soon. I will post the links in this blog.

Let’s go back a step to the planning stage. You will need to check with your local heath dept. BEFORE you buy a hot dog-cart. I have seen numerous ads claiming that “Our cart will pass the toughest health dept. regulations.” My business is in California, a lot of what I see on the net will NOT pass code here in Ca. In fact some counties will not allow a steamer cart but will a griddle cart. Don’t ask me why it’s just the way it is.  This one step will save you money and a whole lot of grief.  Get your list of what is needed from the health dept. and then go to a reputable builder with the specs.

 Check out your local city laws to see if  food carts are legal. A lot of cities will not allow mobile food carts. From experience I can tell you that the county health dept. does not talk to the local city. So what may be legal in the county is not in the city or vice versa.

Ok so now you have your cart and all is legal what about insurance? You need to buy some liability insurance to cover you in case someone says they ate your food and got sick. No insurance means you could lose a lot! Liability insurance is not expensive for one or two carts. You can probably pay for it on a monthly installment program also.  

Next post will be on the food aspect:  What do you start with and where to get it.

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

A $50.00 Hot Dog???

teddys haute-dog

 

Well just when you think you have heard it all… out of New York comes the $50.00 hot dog!  If you want to go try it bring your curiosity and wallet to the Roosevelt hotel’s Vander Bar and order the Teddy’s Haute Dog. Made from Kobe beef and is topped with foie gras shavings, balsamic onions  “accessorized” with black truffle fries and caviar aioli. If you go and eat a Teddy the hotel will donate 10% of the proceeds to City Harvest  a local charity in NYC.

$50.00 for a hot dog is crazy but not the world record. The current record holder of Guinness Book Of World Records and the globe’s most outrageously priced hot dog goes to  Serendipity 3  in NYC. The price of their hot dog? $69.00. Sigh! you can watch the video

Selling Hot Dogs Not As Easy As You Would Think

Kathy Sullivan would love to set up a hotdog stand but says she’s faced nothing but red tape and a huge brick wall in her hot dog venture.

Sullivan, 51, moved to Burnaby after spending several years working as a medic in the isolated oil patches of northern B.C. and Alberta. She’s been unable to find work since and thought she’d start her own business, running a hotdog cart.

Years before Sullivan worked in the hospitality industry and wanted something where she could have interaction with people again, after those years of being out in the bush.

“People are never angry at a hot dog person,” Sullivan said with a laugh. “They always seem to be in a good mood with them. I just thought it would be a neat way to earn a living.”

She says she did her research and learned that street vendors aren’t allowed on public property according to Burnaby (Canada) bylaws and those in most other municipalities in the region.

Vancouver allows them but the limited number of spots are allocated with an annual lottery system which is problematic because she wouldn’t know whether she’d have a place to operate from one year to the next, she said.

Instead, she realized she’d have to find a local business or property owner who could provide a letter giving permission for her to set up her cart there.

Without an actual cart, she found the businesses she approached didn’t take her seriously. So she invested $6,000 to buy the cart in July, only to still be met with all the catch 22’s.

Sullivan said shopping malls don’t want her to compete with their food court inside. Other large retailers already have agreements with fast-food franchises to operate on their premises. Still others just didn’t want the bother.

Meanwhile, her belief is that sidewalks are where people want to see hotdog vendors. “It kind of lends a human touch to the streets,” she said.

From a crime prevention perspective, “It’s another pair of eyes on the street.”

And there’s a demand. She collected 97 signatures on an informal petition calling for city hall to allow hotdog carts on city property, something that only took her two hours.

Sullivan said at one point she was so discouraged, she considered giving up her dream of self-employment and selling the cart. Instead, she decided to bring the bylaws to the attention of city council, to which she made a presentation on Monday.

It appears they were receptive.

“None of us were aware what some of the problems were” for people wanting to set up such businesses, said Councilman Paul McDonell, the acting mayor, in an interview.

Council has asked staff to look into the bylaws, and report back explaining what the rules are and whether any changes can be made.

In the meantime, Sullivan waits.

There are a lot of people in this country and I guess Canada who faced with unemployment want to start a small business. Local governments should be open to the idea of increased tax revenue.

My story is similar, not wanting to be unemployed I started my hot dog biz. I ran into the same road blocks as Ms. Sullivan. If you are thinking of a hot dog business, you can learn a lot from others who went down this road before you. If interested go to my hot dog website  and contact me for info.

Thanks to Burnaby news.com

Couple Operate A Hot Dog Cart To Avoid Being Homeless

Here is a true story about a couple who live in Oregon, working their hot dog cart, not taking government help, just trying to get through the ressesion.

Budd and Grae Lewis, 62 and 50 years old, wake up every morning and set up their hot dog cart out onto the streets of Portland, Oregon. Since they both lost their jobs in 2008 — his as an animator and hers as a semi-conductor designer for Intel — Budd says they can’t afford one of the fancy enclosed food trucks that would allow them to work in inclement weather, so on many nights they go home with nothing but a pile of rain-drenched buns.

“We’ve spent days and days like little kids sitting glumly at a lemonade stand watching the cars go by, in the rain, huddled under our trailer’s umbrella, trying to keep our hands warm over a little grill, Some days we’d sell two or three sandwiches. Some days it wasn’t as good.”

Lewis said the idea for his Japanese-fusion hot dog business, Domo Dogs, came from a successful Japanese hot dog stand the couple came across while Grae was pursuing a graduate degree in Canada.

When the couple could no longer afford Grae’s tuition on their dwindling savings, they moved back to the U.S., invested the last of their 401(k) money into a hot dog cart, plastered handmade signs onto it, paid for permits and pushed off into the streets. When Portland’s rainy season finally ended and the clouds broke around July 4 of this year, Lewis said, Domo Dogs finally started to take off.

“We’re getting pretty well known.  If we had a place to set up permanently, they’d be lining up around the block.”

Lewis said he and his wife can’t afford a permanent “food pod” in Portland, which typically runs between $500 and $800 a month, so they often set up at craft fairs and holiday bazaars at schools, grange halls and churches. This month, they managed to earn about $3,000 from hot dog sales, but he said they are putting most of that money toward repairs on the trailer. In the meantime, they’re living for free in a friend’s guest bedroom, but they might be homeless soon since his friend’s house is in the process of foreclosure.

So if you make to Portland pay a visit to Domo Dogs and get a great hot dog and you will be helping out some real people.

In California?  check out Bombdiggity Hot Dogs

thanks to Huffington post for this story

New App For Iphone Makes For A Fast Party

Some University of Texas students have created a unique app for your iPhone that’s merging social networking and deals at local businesses, such as restaurants in your local area.

“Our app is all about last-minute get togethers,” said René Pinnell, CEO and co-founder of Hurricane Party.

Pinnell, along with five of his UT buddies, created an app that doesn’t just tell your friends on Facebook or Twitter where you’re at but instead what you plan to do.

“Hurricane Party is all about, ‘I’m going to be there in 45 minutes. I’m going to see the new Harry Potter film, you want to come?’ You can take action on that, get in a car or jump on a bike and meet up with your friends,” said Pinnell.

You can invite just your friends to the Hurricane Party or anyone in the world.

Plus, the app will recommend certain businesses that will offer deals if you create a party at their establishment.

“If you go to those places, you’ll get a Hurricane Party special.

For business owners, it helps bring in customers on slow nights. And they can decide that day if they want to offer a discount, no preplanning.

“That’s the great thing about Hurricane Party and like-minded apps is you can pull a game-time decision,” said Northcutt.

The people you invite find out about the party via text message.

“So rather than sending out an e-mail that someone might not check for six, eight or 12 hours, send them a text message, and they are immediately going to check that,” said Anderson Price, with Business Development for Hurricane Party.

As the guys from Hurricane Party said, “It’s social networking, but you’re actually being social.”

“By the end of the year, every person under 30 is going to be using this app,” said Pinnell.

Hurricane Party is a free download.

The creators make money when people actually buy the deals listed in the app.

As for Bombdiggity Hot Dogs we are checking this app out!

Thanks to Austin News for this info.

Hey! Who Stole My Hot Dog Cart!!

 New York state hot dog vendor said his livelihood is in danger after someone stole his hot dog trailer from its usual location.

Fred Martucci, 54, proprietor of Fred’s Franks in Orangeburg, said he had been working at his business for  six days a week for more than a year before the trailer was stolen Sept. 30 from the parking lot of Orangeburg General Auto Repairs, The Journal News, White Plains, N.Y., reported Thursday.

Freds franks in Happier Days

Fred's Franks

“They took my business. They took my livelihood, my means of supporting my family,” he said. “It hit me the other day when I realized that I have no work to go to and no way to make money.”

Detective Sgt. George Garrecht of the Orangetown police said surveillance footage depicts three men cutting locks and stealing the trailer, but rain at the time of the incident makes obtaining detailed descriptions of the suspects difficult.

Martucci said he is in the process of finding out if his insurance company will replace the $25,000 trailer.

Thanks to UPI.com for this story