The Dog Days of Summer event hosted by Slow Food Nashville last night in East Nashville was a humongous success for everyone...except me. I got to I Dream of Weenie on Woodland at 6 p.m. and waited in line 20 minutes before getting the announcement that the big attraction—City House chef Tandy Wilson's homemade hot dogs—had run out.
Before that sad news, I counted at least 100 people on picnic blankets, plastic tablecloths, etc., in the front yard and on the porch of nearby Rumours East: burly biker-looking dudes, sangria-sipping yups, a dead ringer for Michael McDonald, a tattooed babe who could have been Angelina Jolie's back double for Wanted, young couples with kids in strollers. (Good luck navigating that hill.)
The turnout astonished everyone but Carrington. When I told her about last night's crowd, The Oracle replied, "Any time you throw a start-up event with free food in East Nashville, it's an instant success."
More after the jump.
Since I didn't get to try the night's specialty, I spied a couple of connoisseur types who had staked out a space in the shade. (They appeared to have multiple dogs, the wretches.) I asked how they were.
WOMAN: They're delicious!
MAN: (pause, vaguely dissatisfied) Good.
MR. PINK: Just good?
MAN: (pause, as if to invite further inquiry) Mm-hmmm.
WOMAN: (rolls eyes)
MR. PINK: Do you like hot dogs?
MAN: I love hot dogs!
(long pause, no elaboration)
WOMAN: He doesn't like the lamb in them.
MR. PINK: The hot dogs have lamb in them?
MAN: (regretfully) Yes.
WOMAN: But I think they're delicious.
That's it from East Nashville, reporting live. Anybody else hereabouts get to sample the Gyrodogs?