The raffles are part social event and part fundraiser, as people in Western New York hang out and drink beer while they bid on slabs of meat. Even if they don't win, "everybody leaves with a smile."
Processed meats used in hot dogs and hamburgers are high in levels of salt and fat. Some scientists want to boost these foods' nutritional profile by adding seaweed to the meats.
Hundreds of eateries selling chili-topped hot dogs dot Detroit. The story of how this food became the city's signature dish is deeply entwined with its auto industry and the workers who flocked to it.