Von Hanson’s Monticello location is bringing two different types of meaty fare to the Riverfest table – a full-meal deal chicken dinner and a new all-beef hot dog.
Monticello Riverfest Committee members are especially excited about the change to a plumper and meatier tube steak that’s appropriately called “The River Dog.”
“We have a special hot dog being made especially for Riverfest by Von Hanson’s meats that’s being served for the first time ever this year,” said Mick Maher, member of the Monticello Lions and a Riverfest Committee member.
“River Dogs” will sell for $3. Chips and cookies will be $1.
Andrew Stack, Von Hansen’s catering manager, said the skinless, 100-percent beef hot dogs are very similar to the hot dogs sold as concessions during Minnesota Twins games at Target Field.
There are five dogs to a pound instead of eight, he said.
“As of right now, the Monticello Lions have a 1,000 hot dogs on hold. I told them I would keep a few hundred extra hot dogs if they needed them,” Stack said.
According to Stack, Monticello Von Hanson’s employees are most excited about providing food for this year’s Riverfest chicken dinner Sunday afternoon at Ellison Park.
“We’ll be roasting off the chicken in our smokehouse at the store and will delivering all of the food hot and ready to eat a half-hour before the chicken feed starts,” he said.
Von Hanson’s will be providing approximately 900 dinners at this year’s Riverfest, Stack said. The Monticello Von Hanson’s opened locally in 2000 and is located at 9851 Hart Boulevard.
“This is the first time that Von Hanson’s in Monticello has provided the chicken dinner to the Lions,” Stack said.
“I’ve been providing a similar chicken meal to Suburban Manufacturing in Monticello and a couple of other companies in town,” he said.
“They really like it,” Stack said, adding the chicken dinner will include potatoes, beans and coleslaw.
The Monticello Boy Scouts will be serving the traditional chicken dinner. The food will be served from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the park on Sunday. For the chicken dinner, adult meals are $7, children 12 and under are $5 and preschoolers are free with a paid adult.
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