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

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Washington D.C. -- Capitol Hill staff, lawmakers, lobbyists, meat industry representatives and members of the media today will convene at the Rayburn House Office Building Courtyard to celebrate once again 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 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 will not go back to their offices hungry.  The 4,000 hot dogs, corn dogs, brats and other sausages expected to be 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. 

The 2010 Hot Dog Lunch is co-hosted by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK).  The event is organized by the American Meat Institute and sponsored by American Bakers Association, American Beverage Association, DIAGEO, Hormel Foods Corp., International Bottled Water Association, MillerCoors, Snack Food Association and Unique Vending Carts.  Hot Dog and Sausage vendors include Farmland Foods, Hatfield Quality Meats, Hormel Foods Corporation, Kraft, Kunzler & Company, Sara Lee, Smithfield Foods and Tyson Foods. 

Baseball All-Stars On-Hand

Each year the Hot Dog Lunch pays homage to the extraordinary relationship and history shared by hot dogs and another American icon - baseball. Year after year, hot dogs are the top food served at ballparks. 

Attending this year's lunch to greet fans, sign autographs and nosh on some dogs are three former Major League All-Stars:

National Hot Dog & Sausage Council Unveils New Series of Placemats 

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/.



 AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Together, AMI's members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the U.S.  Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the industry. 

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