Hey Skip!! Thanks for your post (from across the Pond!!) I’m just starting out this spring and your insight is helpful. I actually already have an agreement with the local mens softball league here in my city. The potential is for 6 nights a week (which I won’t do to start… I have a day job I have to hold onto until I know this will work), so your experience working with such associations is encouraging to me.
I was also thinking of potentially adding on Polish kielbasa too, when I’ve mastered the dogs. Do you have to grill them? or can they be steamed like the dogs?
Anyway, I really appreciate your post and wish you continued success!
And Jack, your thought of "selling hot dogs on a beach somewhere" was my original thought about 20 years ago… and has never left my mind. I think it’s an OUTSTANDING idea… especially if you are retiring. Work when you want (though you should be consistent on which days you will spend at the beach for any regulars that may look for you) and catch some sunshine as a bonus [:D]
Read the many, many posts from other hot dog vendors here (both on this forum and in the Restaurant Professionals forum); go into the Search box up top and plug in your topic of concern and see in advance what has already been said… there is much to learn and to be gained from those who have shared their wisdom on this site. Best of luck to you as well. [:)]