Southern Season celebrates hot dogs

Jul. 23, 2013 @ 12:23 PM

Southern Season celebrates hot dogs: Chapel Hill’s specialty food market Southern Season will be celebrating National Hot Dog Month this weekend with $1 hot dogs and lemonade as well as a hot dog-eating contest.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the store at 201 S. Estes Drive. On Sundays, there will be a hot dog eating contest limited to 10 participants.
Each participant will be given 20 hot dogs with buns. The competitor who eats the most hot dogs in 10 minutes wins. The entry fee is $25, with all proceeds going to the national nonprofit Share The Food Foundation.
“Hot dogs are a favorite for cookouts and social gatherings across the country, and Southern Season will have some tasty dogs on hand for our guests to sample,” said the store’s general manager Gena Sarrocco, in a prepared statement. “We are also proud to donate proceeds from the event to the Share The Food Foundation, whom we have partnered with to raise awareness of and fight hunger in America.”


Fencing club on the move: The Mid-South Fencers’ Club is planning to move from its Broad Street location to 121 N. Gregon St. in the building near Brightleaf Square that previously housed Clear Vue Glass, which moved to Rigsbee Avenue. 
The club’s new neighbor will be Rose’s Meat Market and Sweet Shop, a whole-animal butchery and pastry shop that opened in June.
The club plans to use crowdfunding to raise money for the cost of the fencing-specific improvements for the space. Jennifer Oldham, owner and coach at Mid-South, said the campaign has not started yet, but will be launched on IndieGoGo.
Oldham said the club has signed a lease for the 6,000-square-foot space on Gregson Street that she said will have 12 dedicated fencing strips, a parent  viewing area, and a small retail store.
After plans for the space are approved, she said it will take eight to 12 weeks before the club is able to move into their new location. The club, which has been open in Durham since 2008, offers creation to competition-level fencing coaching. 
“We’re excited, we’re growing, and we need bigger space,” Oldham said. “We’ve never had exposure. We’ve been in a basement since we’ve opened, and I think being above ground is just going to be phenomenal for what we can offer in terms of camps and training to our athletes of all ages…”


Update on pub’s grilling competition: Seven competitors are scheduled to do their best to grill chicken and corn on the cob in the West 9th St. Pub’s “Backyard ‘Grill Masters’” competition on Saturday.
The cook-off is a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. There will be a public food tasting for those who donate a minimum of five non-perishable canned food items or who make a monetary donation. 
Judging will begin at 3 p.m. For the winner, the pub is providing accommodations for a three day, two-night trip for two to Las Vegas as well as a buy one, get one free airplane ticket voucher, said Kerry Bryant, organizer.
The judges are slated to be John Huisman, the author of The Triangle Explorer blog; Kathy Hanrahan, editor of WRAL’s “Out & About;” Matt Dees, editor of Durham Magazine; and Nancy Wykle, The Herald-Sun’s metro editor, according to a news release.
The event will be from noon to 5 p.m. There will be live music, a raffle, corn hole, and eating contests.  
The pub is in the Woodcroft Shopping Center at 4711 Hope Valley Road. For information, or to get involved, contact Bryant at 919-403-0025 or send an email to


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