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AMI's Annual Hot Dog Lunch Hits Home Run on Capitol Hill

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

More than 1,000 Capitol Hill lawmakers, staff, meat industry representatives and members of the media today convened 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 U.S. Chamber of Commerce designated July as National Hot Dog Month in 1957.


“The Hot Dog Lunch is a long-standing AMI tradition.  Every year, we look forward to hosting guests in celebration of this American icon in our nation’s capital,” said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle.  “Consistently, this event is one of the most widely attended social events on Capitol Hill and proves that hot dog popularity transcends party lines.”


Guests did not return to their offices hungry. AMI expected to serve more than 3,500 hot dogs, corn dogs, brats and other sausages. Any uncooked or pre-packaged leftover food will be donated.


The 2011 Hot Dog Lunch was co-hosted by Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN).  The event was also sponsored by the American Bakers Association, International Bottled Water Association, American Beverage Association, Hormel Foods Corporation, DIAGEO, Snack Food Association, MillerCoors and McKee Foods Corporation. Hot Dog and sausage vendors include Farmland Foods, Sara Lee (Ball Park/State Fair), Boar’s Head Provisions Co., Inc., Smithfield Foods, Inc., Tyson Foods Inc., Kraft Foods (Oscar Mayer), Hormel Foods Corporation (Hot Dogs), Kunzler and Company and Hatfield Quality Meats.


Hot dogs and baseball share a long and storied history and each year the Hot Dog Lunch payed tribute to this one-of-a-kind relationship.


Baseball legends attending this year’s event included Dorrel Norman Elvert “Whitey” Herzog, noted for his success as a manager, leading the Kansas City Royals to three consecutive playoff appearances from 1976 to 1978; Mickey Lolich, former Major League baseball pitcher from 1962 to 1979, who played the majority of his career with the Detroit Tigers; and Felix Millán, former second baseman from 1966 to 1977 with the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets.


In coordination with National Hot Dog Month, AMI’s National Hot Dog & Sausage Council showcased at the lunch the winners of its first annual hot dog photo contest. The Council received more than 100 entries from Germany, Iceland, Canada and all across America. Hot dogs fans young and old got into the action, submitting photos from picnics, ballparks backyards and restaurants far and wide. Nearly 1,000 votes were cast on the Council’s Facebook page (http://on.fb.me/pSULfs) and http://www.hot-dog.org/. To view a video montage of the winners and all entrants, visit the Council’s YouTube site at www.youtube.com/hotdogcouncil.



AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle and Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs Dale Nellor welcome Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-VA, to the AMI Annual Hot Dog Lunch.

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