The Upscaling of Humble Foods

The Upscaling of Humble Foods

Food & Drink

The Upscaling of Humble Foods


We recently came across two instances of pedestrian eats being given the super premium treatment. Kind of the lipstick-on-a-pig idea. Or should we say caviar on a dog?

The head culinary muckety mucks at New York City’s Roosevelt Hotel have opted to ignore the state of the economy and have unveiled a new dish dubbed Teddy’s Haute Dog.

And what a hot dog it is.

Made with Kobe beef, this pedigree dog comes with foie gras shavings and balsamic onions and is served with black truffle fries and caviar aioli. It’s priced at a mere $48. But before you get totally outraged we must report that 10 percent of the profits go to City Harvest, with provides food for New York’s hungry. Hey, it’s more than 20 bucks cheaper than the hot dog sold at NYC’s Serendipity 3. That $69 wiener has been certified as the world’s most outrageously priced hot dog by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Then there’s the redundantly named Tavern Lounge in the North Chicago suburb of Libertyville, Ill., where they’re now serving Caviar Potato Chips. The crisp, kettle-cooked chips come with three enticing flavors of tobiko caviar, and are garnished with sweet onion and crème fraîche.

“The crispy crunch of the potato chips pairs beautifully with the saltiness of the caviar,” saysTavern owner Rick Jansen. “They are perfect with more acidic Champagne or a light beer.” Now those sound like they’d be delicious with Teddy’s Haute Dog.

Could this be the start of a new trend: Humble Goes Haute?

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