Vienna Beef 125th Anniversary Celebration
On Saturday, February 3, we attended the 125th anniversary celebration of Vienna Beef’s Hot Dog Pop Up Party. The event was held at Helio Basin Brewing Co. in Phoenix, and was hosted by AZ Foodie. We had an amazing time visiting this brewery for the first time and being surrounded by great company. We hung out with old friends, and met some new friends as well. The atmosphere was very cozy and inviting for friends to sit together, chat, eat, drink, and enjoy each other’s company.
We tried a variety of dishes prepared by Executive Chef Tamara, which were all inspired by Vienna Beef. From the quesadilla with jalapeños, chicharrones, duckfat beans, polish sausage with cheddar, cashew rice, veggie burgoo, mini bagel dogs, hatch chile cream cheese, and much more. We also tried a blackberry wheat beer which was crisp and refreshing.
Aside from all the great food, there was also some entertaining live music. We thoroughly enjoyed listening to the guitar and saxophone, and the amazing singing. There was also liquor sampling from Pure Peru and the sample we tried was so delicious.
We had a blast playing the games that were set up outside on the patio. We challenged each other in corn hole, life size Connect Four and Jenga. We’ll say that neither of us lost any of the games. 😉 We had a great time and laughed so much.
We had the pleasure of meeting Katie Dennis who is the Director of Retail Marketing for Vienna Beef. She gave us some history about the evolution of Vienna beef and how it came to be in the Southwest! 🙂 We also got a fun goodie bag filled with all the ingredients necessary to make a genuine Chicago dog!
What is a Chicago-style hot dog? It’s an all-beef hot dog topped with yellow mustard, bright green sweet relish, chopped white onions, juicy tomato slices, a crisp dill pickle spear, sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt…all nestled into a steamed poppy seed bun.
Fun Facts about Vienna Beef: Born in 1893, they have become Chicago’s and the Midwest’s first choice hot dog. They are an independent, family owned company. They are more than just a hot dog company, they also sell soups, cheese sauce, pickles, and deli meats. Many of Chi town residents are now refugees of the Valley. Did you know the Valley is the second highest metropolitan area Chicagoans reside?
E&K Favorites: Blackberry Wheat Beer and the hatch chile cream cheese
Website: http://www.heliobasinbrewing.com/ http://www.viennabeef.com/
Address: 3935 E. Thomas Road Phoenix, AZ 85018