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