Our Values & Mission
Halal Hotdogs was created around the premise that food could be used as a tool for community engagement and cultural acceptance. Among the many (One of the most) outward symbols of the Somali community is the word Halal which can be found on scores of shops in the Twin Cities. Halal is the practice of slaughtering meat according to Islamic Law. Although Halal meat is no different in practice than Kosher meat, the word Halal and its religious significance is frequently misunderstood by the Midwestern community. By combining the Halal practice with one of the most American foods, the hot dog, it’s aim was to act as an easily accessible tool to share and celebrate Somali culture within the Midwest.
The immediate goal of the project is to have a fully functional, licensed and self sustaining cart that will continue to serve its core premise. Furthermore, the cart will provide training and the support necessary for the initial business owner to be successful while laying solid foundation for the next Halal Hotdogs Carts owners.