Dining With Denise Neil

Famous frankfurter film showing Sunday in Wichita

“Famous Nathan,” a documentary about the start of the famous Coney Island restaurant, shows Sunday at the Wichita Art Museum.
“Famous Nathan,” a documentary about the start of the famous Coney Island restaurant, shows Sunday at the Wichita Art Museum.

Two things I have never done:

1. Facilitate a movie

2. Watch a movie about frankfurters

On Sunday, that’s going to change, and you can change with me. I’ll be “facilitating” a screening of “Famous Nathan,” a documentary made by the grandson of the inventor of Nathan’s Famous Frankfurters. The film is being shown as the final installment in Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation’s Jewish Summer Film Festival.

The film traces Lloyd Handwerker’s family history and shows how his Jewish-American immigrant grandfather, Nathan, started the company. After it’s over, my job is to lead a discussion about the film.

It’ll be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Wichita Art Museum’s Howard E. Wooden Lecture Hall, and admission is free. Reservations are appreciated (but not required) at rsvp@wichitaartmuseum.org.

Nathan’s Famous of Coney Island opened in Brooklyn in 1916. (The company is celebrating its 100th birthday this year.) “Famous Nathan” debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014 and has since won several film festival audience awards.

Today, there are more than 300 Nathan’s Famous restaurants around the world, and the company also famously hosts hot dog contests across the country. Its all-beef franks are available in grocery stores around Wichita, and hot dog food truck Hot-2-Trot Gourmet Hot Dogs insists on using the brand.

Come join me. I promise to facilitate to the best of my ability.

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