A hearing on a motion to dismiss a consumer fraud case against the company that produces Hebrew National products has been scheduled for Nov. 30 in a federal court.
Fans of the Minnesota Twins can chow down on Hebrew National this spring. Target Field, home of the Twins since last year, is setting up a kosher hot dog cart in time for the team's home opener April 8 vs. the Oakland Athletics.
Five hunks of Hebrew National salami lie side by side in a glass display case at Ben's Kosher Delicatessen in midtown Manhattan. When compared with the crispy corn dogs and enormous latkes, they don't look like much. But the takeout counter guy is relieved he has any salami to sell at all.
For the last several months, a shortage of Hebrew National products has hit kosher restaurants and food distributors across North America, forcing some to fill the gap with other meat products -- ones that don't "answer to a higher authority," as the Hebrew National famous advertisement put it.
The shortage comes at what should be a time of celebration, as Hebrew National, which was founded on Manhattan's Lower East Side, celebrates its 100th birthday.
Consider the hot dog.
For some of us, it's nature's perfect processed food -- with bun or plain, grilled or steamed, sliced up and cooked with beans or lathered with spicy brown mustard, sweet onions and pickle relish. But always enjoyed best at the ballpark -- especially at Dodger Stadium.
Or so they tell us.
If you keep kosher and you're a Dodger fan, enjoying a hot dog in Chavez Ravine is about as remote as right field, about as unlikely as a championship pennant or of even harboring thoughts of baseball in October in Los Angeles. And that's too bad.
A sunny day at Dodger Stadium; Shawn Green at bat. What could be more enjoyable than a cold beer and a kosher hot dog?