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GPMS: Season Two, Session One. A Hot Dogpalooza with a serving of Colin Gawel & The Lonely Bones

Posted by cmh gourmand on July 4, 2010


The Goodale Park Music Series (GPMS) was the sleeper hit of the Summer of 2009. The premise is simple. On six Sundays a great band played in the Goodale Park Gazebo for free. People showed up, threw down their blankets and enjoyed the music. It was a community event and a community grew out of the event. A small group of people brought food to share at the first performance. Word of mouth as well as comments on Columbus Underground grew informal food sharing to a bona fide gourmet potluck. An increasingly larger group of people prepared high end fare (or in my case Hounddogs pizza (the box stained the quilt of Community Personality Lauren Wilson) and Pattycake cookies) to pass around each week. Strangers shared food while sharing their love of great local music. It was like Woodstock but with one band, no camping and less geopolitical consequences. You can get a sense of the event in my post from last year.

The core elements of the series return this year – six bands, six Sundays and come as you are for free. The music starts at 12:30 pm and plays on until 2 pm. People will start to stroll in around noon.

Each week a local food blog pairs with a local band and presents a theme to guide potluck participants. The aim is to match the theme of the cuisine with the genre of music, but feel free to bring any item you would like. All you need to do is to bring yourself along with water (it is hot, stay hydrated) and your own tableware. I am teamed up with Colin Gawel and the Lonely Bones. Lifelong locals like myself will know Colin from his Watershed days. His music can not be typecast, but for the purposes of our potluck we have classified it as Americana / Ohioana. Bring along a classic American or Ohio picnic dish to share if you care.

In honor of the inaugural session of this summer’s series and because it is National Hot Dog Month I am bringing at least 105 Five-Star Hot dogs to grill and give away to the masses.

Five Star Hot dogs are made in Cleveland and are used by my favorite hot dog hangout O’Betty’s in Athens. Using the power of the Magnificent Jill Moorhead from Hills Market, Leo Dick and Sons is donating two jars each of Stadium, Bertman’s and Dick’s Horseradish Mustard to the cause. Visitors can decide which Cleveland ballpark mustard they prefer – Stadium or Bertman’s. Local favorite, Buckeye Mustard will also be available for hot dog dressing. Tony Packos from Toledo has pitched in a few products. I will bring whatever other hot dog toppings I can scrounge. I may have a few veggie dogs to share as well since it is also National Veggie Hot Dog Month. My pals at Pattycake Bakery will let me use their pop up tent to shield me from the elements if needed.

My aim is to recreate an annual party once held at Gourmand Manor, called HotDogPalooza. I would grill multiple types of hot dogs so my guests could use multiple garnishments to recreate regional hot dogs such as Chicago Style hot dogs and Hillbilly Hot Dogs

Hot Dogs are an American icon. National Hot Dog Month includes National Hot Dog Day. Hot Dogs are Haute cuisine nowadays, perhaps you have heard of a local Hot Dog Palace called Dirty Franks which has refueled the resurgence of tube steaks.

If you are looking for inspiration for hot dog toppings try the links below.

Downhome example of Hillbilly Hot Dogs

West Virginia (Hillbilly) Hot Dog Blog

National and International Hot Dog styles

There are many ways to keep track of the bands and potlucking at The Goodale Park Music Series this summer.

GPMS on Facebook

GPMS on Twitter

GPMS discussion on Columbus Underground

And for planing purposes, here is the schedule. All bands take the stage at 12:30 pm.

July 11: Colin Gawel & The Lonely Bones

July 18: The Mooncussers

August 1: Quartet Yumbambé

August 8: The Spikedrivers

August 15: fo/mo/deep

August 22: Flypaper

Come to Goodale Park to support the series, enjoy yourself and see what we have on our plates.

2 Responses to “GPMS: Season Two, Session One. A Hot Dogpalooza with a serving of Colin Gawel & The Lonely Bones”

  1. Elizabeth Lessner said

    You’re the coolest!

  2. Bob Paschen said

    Nice, Jim! Looking forward to some music and dogs.

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