Last week, Time Out Chicago hosted a create-your-own hot dog contest, judged by none other than encased meat overlord Doug Sohn of Hot Doug's. After 2,235 votes were cast, software consultant Kevin Haas from Portage Park won with his "New Chicago" entry, which carried 42% of the vote.
Mexican chorizo sausage, Asian pear chutney, Indian paneer cheese, chili mustard, served on a multi-grain roll. As the original Chicago dog reflected our immigrant heritage (Greek, Italian and Jewish immigrants), this encased meat reflects our new and future immigrant population. Latinos now account for 1 in 4 city residents, our Asian population is expected to grow over a third in a matter of a decade, and India presents the third largest group of new immigrants to Chicago. This new sausage celebrates this new Chicago.
That's pretty sociologically deep for tubular meat. How would you represent your city in hot dog form?
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