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Have a dog day with the Food Dude!

gapers block hot dog cookoff

Hot dog! Gapers Block is gearing up for a Hot Dog Cookoff from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13, outside Schubas Tavern in Lakeview.

David Lissner

David “Food Dude” Lissner

Chefs from Fat Rice, Harmony Grill, The Haute and the Dog, Kuma’s Corner, ManBQue and others will start with Vienna Beef wieners and turn them into exciting gourmet dog dishes that you can sample.

A panel of hot-dog cognoscenti, including our own Food Dude, David Lissner; Bruce Kraig, author of “Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in Americaand experts from Vienna Beef, Weber Grill and Hot Doug’s will pick the top dogs.

A $20 ticket ($10 for kids) gets you unlimited tasting portions of all the doggy delights. There will be a cash bar with drink specials, a raffle and music, too. Proceeds benefit Reach Out and Read Illinois, a literacy organization that helps young children learn to read by partnering them with doctors who prescribe books and encourage families to read together.