There’s a new fixture on the El Dorado Hills Community Services District baseball fields these days and with its bright umbrella and swarms of new fans it’s easy to spot.
The Stand, a mobile hot dog cart owned and operated by El Dorado Hills residents William and Jennifer Curtsinger and her parents, John and Suzann Koogle, offers a full menu of dogs and drinks for hungry park dwellers looking for a convenient, family friendly meal.
John Koogle retired from the commercial construction company he owned in Sacramento for 40 years, but found himself looking for a new adventure. With the help of his family, including his grown children and four grandchildren, he opened The Stand last summer.
Koogle and son-in-law William Curtsinger were welcomed as the late night eating place of choice when they set up The Stand outside The Pine Cove in downtown Sacramento. Despite holding their permanent spot on 13th and I streets, since March they’ve mostly traded late nights in the city for late afternoons and weekends in El Dorado Hills, recently sealing a deal with the CSD and El Dorado Hills Little League to sell food at the CSD park and fields, while returning 25 percent of their proceeds back to the El Dorado Hills Little League.
Koogle and Curtsinger hope to see this collaboration extend to the summer Concerts in the Park series and Taz swim meets once the baseball season winds down in early June. The Stand is also available for private parties, corporate events and fundraisers.
Giving back to the community is nothing new to Koogle, who has served in the Point West Rotary of Sacramento for 25 years, even as its president. Jennifer is now the president-elect. They are the first family to have two generations hold the title. Jennifer said their family prioritizes “instilling philanthropy into our kids at a young age.”
While The Stand’s best sellers are traditional jumbo and old-fashioned hot dogs, they also offer Polish sausage, Cajun links, veggie dogs and more. For a flat $5, chips and a drink are included.
Koogle is relishing his new life after retiring the construction company, saying his favorite part of working The Stand is being outside and meeting lots of new people.