Earlier this week, Dodger Stadium opened its first kosher hot dog stand, Jeff’s Gourmet Sausage Factory. The stand, which is open for the season’s remaining home games — except for those on the Jewish Sabbath and holidays — is serving up three versions of its titular tube steak: regular and jalapeno, both $9, and sweet Italian sausage, $10.
The hot doggery, which opened Tuesday, was a welcome development for Dodgers’ fans and observant Jews alike.
“It was inconceivable to me that the second largest Jewish community in America does not have a kosher dog stand,” Michael Berenbaum, a professor at American Jewish University in L.A. and an outspoken advocate for a kosher dining option at the stadium, told the Jewish Journal. “It felt absolutely terrific to have a hot dog with all the trimmings.”
The Dodgers, of course, have a long history of Jewish ties, notably players from the legendary lefty Sandy Koufax — he moved with the club to Los Angeles for the 1958 season — to the current center-fielder, Joc Pederson. But at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, the hot dogs weren’t kosher.
In other Jewish-related snacking news: Lay’s recently unveiled four new potato chip flavors as part of its annual “Do Us A Flavor” contest in which average folks dream up their wackiest ideas for tastes. The finalists this year are Greektown Gyro, West Coast Truffle Fries, Southern Biscuits and Gravy and — wait for it — New York Reuben.
While not technically kosher — most Reuben sandwiches have Swiss cheese, along with corned beef and sauerkraut — it’s a flavor evocative of Manhattan and its Jewish-style delis.