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Somehow I missed it. I’m not sure how. I feel so bad.
You see I recently learned that July 29th was National Chicken Wing Day. There’s a day to honor chicken wings. As well it should be. If there was any food that should be honored it most certainly is chicken wings. They are the Subaru of food. Fairly inexpensive. Versatile. Good for most any occasion. Liked by many. A food utility vehicle. Off road, on road, you name it.
I love chicken wings. Absolutely love ’em, love ’em. love ’em!
Each year I make a significant personal contribution to the chicken wing consumption index. So I don’t know how this truly blessed day escaped me. It’s escaped me since 1977, when the inaugural national Chicken Wing Day made its debut in Buffalo, NY. This day even has its own web site.
Like me, I know you’re so excited to learn more about the history of chicken wings. So here’s a brief history according to the web site:
CHICKEN WING HISTORY
Buffalo, New York lays claim to the birthplace of the chicken wing and that’s why they are often called Buffalo wings as well. The story goes that Teressa Bellissimo created chicken wings at the Anchor Bar, which she owned with her husband Frank, when her son Dominic and some of his college friends decided they wanted a late night bite to eat.
She wanted a fast and easy dish so she deep-fried some chicken wings, which in 1964 were usually reserved for soup stock. She tossed them in butter and hot sauce. Naturally, they were an instant hit. The Bellissimos weren’t the first Buffalo restaurateurs to realize the potential of chicken wings. John Young had opened Wings’n Things on Jefferson Avenue in 1963. But his wings were breaded and dressed in a tomato-based sauce.
Now we know the origins story of this superhero of foods. Yes. Chicken wings are superheroes. There should be a comic book. Graphic novel. Animated series. Live action TV series. Merchandise. And eventually a big budget tent pole movie franchise. Their biggest super power is versatility. They can go:
- Deep fried
- Jack Daniels
… And on, and on, and on!
No other superhero has that kind of power. Not Iron Man. Not Super Girl. Not Wonder Woman. Not Batman. Yet, The Chicken Wing lives a relatively quietly unsung life until called into action.
Chicken wings are big business too. Over 27 billion wings were gobbled down in 2013. Well over 1.2 billion wings were eaten just during the last Super Bowl weekend. That’s the biggest single wing consumption period by far. What many people don’t know is that the Super Bowl is actually a big chicken wing party and celebration. You know. You go to a glorious wing party and a football game breaks out as side entertainment. Maybe you watch the game a little. But it’s not the main event by any stretch. The guests of honor are always Mr. and Mrs. Wing.
So when it comes to chicken wings …
But most of all … Eat them.
Eat the hell out of them!
Blake Glenn shares his looney perspectives, stories, and mis-adventures in The Looney Executive blog. He has interviewed hundreds (or at least tens) of people via The Looney Executive Podcasts and former TV show. He’s the founder of a tech group called IgniteTech, and claims to be a direct descendant of the original Looney Executive – Because there must be SOME explanation … right?
If you dare, he can be reached the old school way … blake@LooneyExecutive.com
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