Catering Speed Hot Dogs
For all you Speed hot dog lovers out there, you might be interested to know that the owner, Greg, also owns a catering company (linked on their website: www.bostonspeeddog.com
). And they will cater Speed's hot dogs, although their website doesn't actually mention this.
I recently arranged to have them cater a "Backyard BBQ" (OK, it was the parking lot in back of our building, but isn't a parking lot part of the Speed experience?) at my company in Lexington. Gregg (and his wife & son?) did a spectacular job. They showed up 45 minutes early with the original Speed's wagon behind their pickup truck, quickly set up a portable grill (wood charcoal) and didn't complain when our company meeting went 45 min long and delayed the start of the festivities.
We had Speed dogs, with all the usual Speed's fixings, pasta salad and grilled sweet corn-on-the-cob, plus grilled watermelon with balsamic sauce, for 90 (apparently they've done as many as 400). Everything was delicious. It did take 40-45 min to work through the line (of course the dogs were prepared to order), but we had plenty of beer (Guinness goes well with a Speed dog!) and games to keep everyone occupied.
Everyone thought it was fantastic. And $15 per person (we provided the beer) seemed very reasonable to me (the dogs normally cost $7 each).
The biggest problem was convincing the many Speed newbies that they should order their dogs "loaded". It was truly sad how many Speed dogs I saw go by looking lonely with nothing but mustard on them. Usually, a good idea, but the real Speed experience mandates it be "loaded"!
I also saw one of our senior management team scarf down a Speed dog in 2 minutes flat, which was a little scary...
Speed's Hotdog Wagon
54 Newmarket Square, Boston, MA 02118