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Monday, July 25, 2011

National Hot Dog Day - Big Success

Despite it being about 200 degrees in the shade outside of Silicon on Saturday tons of people braved the heat either for Scott's gourmet hot dogs or to drop off clothes and sample Rick's rather less special dog's.

Some guests were lucky enough to sample our unique Margaritas using fresh watermelon juice (made by our own Katie Tackman) skillfully blended with limes and 1800 Tequila. As you can see from the picture about we managed to collect a ton of stuff for Cradles to Crayons and many very generous cash donations. Among the donations were a box of new shoes, books, toys, and new and used clothes (some of which came in bags from other old city establishments.

Hawk Krall also sold a lot of hot dogs prints.

Thanks to help of Louis Zimmer, a Cradles to Crayons volunteer, we managed to get a bunch of press with articles appearing in  City Paper, Metro, Weekly Press and nine other places.

The tank of helium was a big hit with a kids that came in (some adults also had too much fun).

There is still time to donate, just visit Cradles to Crayons or drop off during normal hours at Silicon.

Thanks again to all those who took part and donated.

Posted by Rick

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hot Diggedy Dog Press Release - this Saturday 23rd.

For information, contact:
Rick De Coyte, Silicon

Old City Business to Offer Food for Good Thoughts
On National Hot Dog Day, Saturday, July 23
OLD CITY, July 15 – Calling it our civic duty, Rick De Coyte is asking local residents to help Philadelphia move to number one among the top hot dog-consuming cities in the United States* by celebrating National Hot Dog Day, Saturday, July 23, from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. , with a free hot dog** and beverage. The event will take place in front of Silicon (, the fine art print studio at 139 N. Third Street, in Old City.
* Philadelphia is currently ranked sixth according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council,
based on total retail sales in the United States, excluding Walmart, for the 2010 calendar year.
Treat’s on him…as long as the diner-in-waiting brings some new or gently used clothes or any of a wide range of goods used by children, from infants through preteens. It will be donated to Cradles to Crayons, the area organization that served more than 25,000 low-income and/or homeless children in the five-county southeastern Pennsylvania region last year.
  • If you don’t bring any clothes or donations, it could mean no free hot dog, but Rick says “not to worry. You’ll be able to buy the best dog in town from "Scott Dogs," a food cart from Scott Schroeder (, chef of the South Philadelphia Taproom, featuring homemade hot dogs and topping, including a chili dog and homemade mustard-relish dog, that will be premiering at the National Hot Dog Day event.
  • In addition to getting a free hot dog for the children’s clothes donation or buying one of Scott Schroeder’s new edible hot dog creations, hot dog prints to purchase and take home will be on display at Silicon. The prints are created by local Illustrator, cartoonist (graphic below)
and food writer Hawk Krall (, who writes and illustrates a "Hot Dog Of The
Week" column for Serious Eats, and wrote and illustrated an article, "America's Best Hot Dogs,"
for Rachel Ray magazine.
De Coyte, Silicon’s proprietor, has enlisted some fellow members of the Old City Business Collective to join him on July 23 by complementing his offer of free eats by taking a 10 percent bite off the sale price of products through July 31.

Bring more than 20 pounds of the children’s clothes items and the 10 percent discount at Silicon will be extended to all purchases through August 31. Bring in the most clothes that day between the event hours of 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. and receive a $100.00 Silicon gift certificate.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce officially designated July as National Hot Dog Month in 1957; The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council encourages all Americans to join in celebrating this national icon.
About Cradles to Crayons
Cradles to Crayons collects new and gently used essential items for children in low-income and homeless situations from birth to age 12 in the five-county southeastern Pennsylvania area. The items are contributed by families, corporations, schools and community partners who conduct local product collections and deliver them to Cradles to Crayons’ West Conshohocken warehouse. Volunteers inspect and sort the donated clothing, shoes, toys, books, and school supplies, and fill orders from social service agencies for individual KidPacks – a week’s worth of everyday essentials for a child. In 2010, more than 15,000 KidPacks, 10,000 backpacks, and 8,000 new coats were provided, free of charge, to needy children.

**While supplies last.
Yeah, Philly Hot Dog
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