4th of July!

On the 4th of July, Americans will celebrate the historic signing of the declaration of independence by enjoying spectacular fireworks, spectating baseball games and by feasting on a plethora of recognisably iconic foods. Here at Town Tonic, we’d like to get in on the festivities too, so we’ll be dishing up fun fast food, through the eyes of a chef.

Often considered a binary, we were intrigued by how a classic fast food menu could be plated up in a restaurant. We’ve spent some time challenging this binary by experimenting with hot dogs, fried chicken, spare ribs and burgers and it got us researching the origins of these iconic food types, in particular, the hot dog.

Whether you douse yours with ketchup, mustard or onions, you’ve got a true American staple on your hands.

The hot dog was first noted as far back as 9th Century BC, as it was mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey, can you believe? Fast forward to 1860, when Germans immigrated to to the United states. They took their famed sausages with them and began selling them on the street stores that line the streets to this day still.

When hotdogs first started to cause a ruckus, they came without a bun. It is thought that the bun came to be in St. Louis in the 1880’s, where one particular street vendor would pass out white gloves to customers to avoid scalding their hands or getting greasy, until a family member pointed out that serving the hot dog in a bun would reduce the cost of gloves whilst simultaneously creating a more substantial snack for hungry passers by.

Whilst enjoyed year round at barbeques, baseball games and any time you succumb to the sight and smell of a street vendor, hot dogs are especially given the limelight on July 4th, when a famous hot dog eating contest takes place on America’s Coney Island.

We’ll be putting a Town Tonic spin on these classics, so don your favourite baseball jersey and come and join us.

Rachel WilsonComment