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AMI's Annual Hot Dog Lunch a Wiener on Capitol Hill

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle and AMI Chairman Jeffrey Ettinger, president and CEO of Hormel Foods Corporation, welcome Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) to the AMI Annual Hot Dog Lunch.

Capitol Hill staff, lawmakers, meat industry representatives, industry officials 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 drew nearly 1,500 attendees -- including more than 100 members of the House and Senate.
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.   "The hot dog is an American and cultural icon," said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle.  "Year after year, this social event on Capitol Hill, which is one of the most widely attended of the summer, is a reflection of the hot dog's unwavering popularity - on both sides of the aisle."
The crowd did not go back to their offices hungry.  The 4,000 hot dogs, corn dogs, brats and other sausages were served, if laid end to end, would equal the height of three Washington Monuments and are enough to circle the Capitol Rotunda four times. 
Any uncooked or pre-packaged leftover food will be donated to D.C. Central Kitchen.
Attending this year's lunch to greet fans, sign autographs and nosh on some dogs were former Major League All Stars Ron Guidry, Dale Murphy and Lee Smith.
In coordination with National Hot Dog Month, the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council unveiled a new series of placemats that are sure to be the talk of the table.
The series features four engaging, colorful themes: "Coloring with Frank Furter," a coloring page for kids that includes many favorite summertime images as well as a maze; "Hot Dog Trivia," a hot dog fun facts challenge for both young and old; "Hot Dogs Across America," an illustrated map of the United States with photos and descriptions of regional hot dog favorites and "Hot Dog Etiquette," a tongue-in-cheek guide about eating hot dogs with wiener style and grace.
For more information on hot dogs, and to download the free placemats, visit the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council's website at http://www.hot-dog.org/.

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