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One of the most amazing success stories in the food service industry began in Villa Park, Illinois inside of a small food trailer. Although in 1963 this trailer had no running water, it did have a very energetic and motivated young man by the name of Dick Portillo. Over the last half century Dick and his supportive wife Sharon have transformed one small trailer into a fast food empire. Along the way Portillo’s has received numerous accolades and awards. Dick Portillo has earned the title of ‘Top Dog’ and “Hot Dog King of Chicago’. He has most definitely rewritten the food service model for success.
Each Portillo’s restaurant reflects a different theme and portrays Dick’s love for Chicago history. Consistency and love for quality is apparent in every facet of the business. The Portillo Family has created their own ultimate success story.
Vienna Beef is proud to have maintained a relationship with the Portillo’s Restaurant Group during this legendary climb. From the beginning in 1963 Portillo’s has been serving Vienna Beef products. We now take pride thanking, acknowledging and congratulating Dick Portillo, his family and dedicated staff. Welcome to the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame, please accept our first-ever, Legends Award.
Vienna Beef is proud to induct Homer’s Ice Cream in to the exclusive Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame in April 2014. Homer’s is a longstanding quality establishment with personality, customer service and commitment to community.
Over three quarters of a century ago, Greek immigrant, Gus Poulos created his own homemade ice cream in the sleepy little town of Wilmette, Illinois. Today, nearly 80 years later, Homers Ice Cream still stands (though expanded) in its original location serving the finest ice cream products and more throughout Chicagoland. It’s been over 40 years since the menu expansions brought together two Chicago icons: Homers Ice Cream and Vienna Beef hot dogs. Quality and consistency are two ingredients that both of these respected companies hold in common. One of Gus’ sons, Dean Poulos who spearheads the company has even held those attributes to their allied menu products as well. They use a proprietary beef blend for their burgers and have only used Vienna hot dogs for the past 42 years.
Homers has won numerous accolades and awards such as ‘number one ice cream’ by the Pioneer Press, ‘Best in Chicago’ by Chicago Magazine and ‘Top 10 ice cream in the country’ by Bon Appetit Magazine just to name a few. As Dean says, “what sets us apart is that we are constantly improving and have a great loyal staff, most of whom have been at Homers for 10-25 years”.
Vienna Beef congratulates and pays homage to Homers Ice Cream and the Poulos family and staff both then and now, who have provided great ice cream for nearly 80 years; and for providing Vienna beef hot dogs for their customers for over half of those years. “Homer’s Ice Cream’s exceptional quality, personality and hospitality make them an ideal candidate for our recognition program. We are proud to work with them and excited to recognize their success in this way.” says Bob Schwartz, Vice President of Vienna Beef.
Chicago; the city once known as, “the hog butcher for the world,” now has but one specialty meat company left; Vienna Beef, in business here 121 years. Vienna Beef was recently awarded the title of; “The official corned beef of St. Patrick’s Day” by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office.
As soon as Craig Bagdon mentions the Seattle-style hot dog — an all-beef dog with cream cheese and grilled onions — a customer eating one a few seats over gives two thumbs up. But on the menu at Chicago Beef Company, the Seattle dog is just about the only Northwestern item: As you might guess from the name, it’s all about Chicago food. Read the full article here!