Dave and his daughter, Boogie

“A messy chili dog brings me right back to eating a Super Fat One on the front lawn of Fat Johnnie’s with my dad.”

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Dave’s hot dog stand, Boogie Dogs, is named after his daughter

Dave runs Boogie Dogs, a creative hot dog stand named for his daughter (her nickname is “Boogie”). 🕺 Get to know Dave in this Q&A and get “The Big C” THURSDAY (7/17) from 6:30-10:30PM in Avondale!

Q: What can you tell us about the dish you’re making and what inspired it?

Dave: The first hotdog I’m putting up is called The Big C, which is inspired and named after my childhood friend and professional wrestler Chris Castro. I love doing Coney Island style chili because it’s a very old American recipe and uses cuts of meat and offal that I’m a fan of cooking with. I also wanted to have fun and pay tribute to Chris’ Mexican heritage with the chicharron and pickled onions.

THURSDAY (7/17) from 6:30-10:30PM! Two dogs with a couple homemade pickles and your choice of Old Bay seasoned tots or elote salad.

Q: Who do you think about when you make this dish?

Dave: As much as it’s a hotdog named after Chris, a messy chili dog brings me right back to eating a Super Fat One on the front lawn of Fat Johnnie’s with my dad.

Q: Where did you grow up and what kind of food did you grow up with?

Dave: I grew up on the south side of Chicago in an Italian and Irish family so there was a lot of that cuisine. Especially being Italian near a lake, we ate a lot of fish. I was also lucky enough to grow up around some of the best pizza, taco and hotdog joints in the country so I’ve seen some of the best purveyors of comfort food do their work.

Dave makes Boogie Dogs for Freelance Wrestling, a monthly wrestling event at Logan Square Auditorium.

Q: Anything else we should know about you and your cooking?

Dave: I went to high school on the last original farm in the city of Chicago and the importance of agriculture hasn’t left me. I try to source my ingredients from local businesses who buy directly from farmers. I also have a 200 sq ft garden on the south side where I’m growing 65+ varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs and pollinator flowers, many of which will be used for Boogie Dog. I figure that if I can practice biodiversity and help the ecosystem while selling hotdogs, we all win, right? I’m also a fan of looking beyond “fusion” and really finding what our unique cultures have in common with each other.


Follow Dave to see what he makes next and get “The Big C” THURSDAY (7/17) from 6:30-10:30PM in Avondale!

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