Since Chicago icon Hot Doug's announced earlier this month that the sausage temple would close in the fall, passionate debates about where you can get the best hot dogs and sausages have erupted on street corners and cyber space. For a summer story in our Time out! section, we want to hear from suburbanites -- where do you go when you've got a hankerin' for a hot dog?
Give us the name of your favorite hot dog spot in or around the suburbs and tell us why you like it. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Top Dog in the subject head or tweet me @PankeysPlate using hashtag #topdog. Please include your name and hometown. Of those who respond by June 16, one person will be randomly selected to receive hot dog paraphernalia.
Down on the farm: Celebrate the summer solstice at Frillman Farms near Buffalo Grove at a dinner with White Oak Gourmet. The dinner also marks the 10th anniversary of White Oak Chef, a personal chef service run by chef Tom Leavitt and his wife, Lori.
Chef Leavitt, an early champion of seasonal cuisine and the eat-local movement, will prepare appetizers and a four-course, family-style meal highlighting produce from the farm owned by Tim Frillman. Says Leavitt, "(Tim) is one of the new breed of young farmers who are working locally to positively improve our food supply."
Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and costs $50. Seats are limited. Nonalcoholic beverages will be provided or BYOB. Frillman Farms is at 16737 W. Aptakisic Road. Get tickets at (847) 754-0708 or email email@example.com.
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