In the clip above, I talk about the wings from Franks For The Memories (Mundelein, IL). Franks won the Chairman’s Award for Festival Spirit and placed third for its recipe in the traditional medium sauce competition at the National Buffalo Wing Festival.
Let me start by saying that being an official taste tester at any chicken wing festival is a pretty sweet gig, let alone for the “Super Bowl” of wings, the National Buffalo Wing Festival. Free wings, more free wings, and even more free wings. For two days, I can let my gut hang out and it’s alright. Everybody’s doing it. If you don’t, you’re not cool. Sounds like the best gig ever, right? Actually, it’s not as easy as you’d think, especially if your New Year’s Resolution is to eat 2,011 chicken wings and you roll into the festival with a 24 x 34 sign strapped to your chest that boasts how many wings you’ve eaten so far this year (1,314 for me). I’ve been hyping up my appearance at this fest for months. It was now time for me to deliver.
What’s better than surviving a hot wing challenge? Watching others suffer through one.
Shortly after I whimpered through Wings To Go’s Homicide Challenge, I bumped into Joe and Donovan. Inspired by my efforts, these two local wing fanatics decided to test the bandwidth of their taste buds. Watch the video above and see why Donovan calls it “one of the dumbest things they’ve ever done.”
BONUS: Hear Joe and Donovan’s final remarks after the jump!
According to Buffalo’s Drew “The Wing King” Cerza, I received my “masters degree in chicken wing eating” at the 2011 National Buffalo Wing Festival. Well Drew, that’s not the only thing I learned. In the video above, Buffalo Wings and Beer (Gaithersburg, MD) owner Ira Levy shows me a tailgating tip he calls the “Pinky Wing.” Watch and share your buffalo wing tailgating tips in the comments.