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AMI's Annual Hot Dog Lunch Hits A Grand Slam on Capitol Hill

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

(American Meat Institute)

Capitol Hill staff, lawmakers, lobbyists, meat industry representatives and members of the media today came together at the Rayburn House Office Building Courtyard to once again celebrate National Hot Dog Month at the American Meat Institute’s (AMI) annual Hot Dog Lunch.  The event, which drew nearly 1,100 attendees, ─ including members of the House and Senate ─  also attracted Hill staffers, industry officials and more than 30 members of the media.

The Annual Hot Dog Lunch, which was hosted by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), remains one of the most popular events of the summer on Capitol Hill.  

“There are few icons more recognized in U.S. culture than the hot dog,” said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle.  “Year after year, this social event on Capitol Hill, which is one of the most popular of the summer, is a testament to the continuing national – and bipartisan – popularity of hot dogs.” 


Attending this year’s lunch to greet fans, sign autographs and nosh on some dogs were Baseball Hall of Famer Phil Niekro, Vince Coleman and Jack Morris.


In coordination with Annual Hot Dog Lunch and National Hot Dog Month, the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council today unveiled a new, interactive map on its Web site, http://www.hot-dog.org/, featuring hundreds of hot dog restaurants, big and small, all across the country. 


“Members of Congress represent constituents throughout the country, but as you will see from the map, the hot dog is pretty well represented, too,” said Council President and Queen of Wien, Janet Riley.  “Whether you are visiting a particular region and want to find the hometown dog or want to send the link of your favorite restaurant to a friend, you can find it on our new map.  And if you don’t see your favorite place to get a hot dog, let us know and we’ll be sure to add it!” 


For more information on hot dogs, visit the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council’s Web site at http://www.hot-dog.org/.

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