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Hawg Wings for Super Bowl!

What the heck’s a “hawg wing”? Well if pigs could fly, would they have wings?

This year, we’re offering up our delicious version of this recent invention from the food industry – that is a reshuffling of  the shank portion of the pig. The pork is wrapped around a sturdy bone, in a drumstick fashion which  allows you to eat the tender morsels with one hand. They taste like a cross between chicken wings and barbecued ribs. If you’re tired of chicken wings, or just want something meaty and different, come on in and check out our hawg wings!

Surprisingly, I asked Richard a few weeks ago if he had stocked up on chicken wings for the Super Bowl party weekend and he replied “no”! What? Sacrilege!  How could you NOT have chicken wings for the Super Bowl? Then he explained that the price of wings had skyrocketed out of sight and most of the big chains had bought up all the wings. He couldn’t even get ahold of wings, almost two weeks out from the Super Bowl.

This reminded me of the old days when we owned a restaurant and the liquor companies would jack up the cost of champagne a month or so ahead of the holidays. Unfair!! or just the American way?

Anyway, enter the hawg wing! And I have to admit – I tried my first one today and they ARE delicious! So if you want a special treat to take to your party tomorrow, stop on in and get a bunch!

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Award-winning Chicken Wings

 

As the owners of a food business that’s committed to sustainability, the idea of specializing in chicken wings, can bring one’s ideals into conflict!! This is the type of gray area we all come up against at various points in our life where the choice is to “give the people what they want” or take the higher road. We have caved on this one!

It all started a few years ago when we were invited to participate in the Ulster County Wing Fling – a new event that was being planned by the Chamber of Commerce, that had the potential to rival the now famous Garlic Festival held at Cantine Field in Saugerties. How could we say “no”? At this point, we made chicken wings occasionally for a special party order, or of course if people requested them for a big weekend like this one: Super Bowl Sunday! But that was the extent of it. Our talented chef Jonathan Sheridan had worked at several restaurants where he put out his own version of spicy wings, so we turned the big competition over to him, giving him free reign to create a great recipe. Which he did – and how! Sweet Thai Chili Wings!

And lo and behold, the 10,000 or so attendees at the festival agreed that Jonathan’s wings were the best – we won first place in the popular vote! Ever since that day, we have featured these delicious chicken wings in our store, as we do now, along with the more traditional Jalapeno Wings, served with blue cheese and celery.

Pick some up today or tomorrow for your Super Bowl party!  Your guests will love you for it!

Ulster County Wing Fling, Sunday May 23rd

If you’ve never had the pleasure of eating as many chicken wings as you could possibly imagine, then you should definitely put a big star on your calendar for this upcoming weekend and get your fanny down to Cantine Field in Saugerties, New York for this great event! Last year was our first, but definitely not our last as we came away with the People’s Choice Award for the Best Chicken Wings in Ulster County. YAHOO! and YEEHAH!

So how do you even begin to plan for something like this when you’ve never done it before? We had heard wild stories from the year before that the vendors were crazy running out of wings early on in the day, so we racked our brains and came up with the figure of 5,000 wings, hoping this would take us through to the end. And it almost did – we ran out of wings around 4:30 – much better than some of our counterparts that were looking to buy some of our product mid-day.

Jonathan Sheridan has been known in many of his former “chef-ing” jobs (Vong / NYC and Rosendale Cement Company to name a few) as an amazing creator of wing recipes, so we let him have free reign to come up with last year’s prize winners: Sweet Thai Chile Wings and Spicy Jalapeno Wings. This year’s recipes will remain a secret until after the competition, but you’ll be able to come in to our store,  sample them and guess the recipe AFTER the Wing Fling. But honestly, we’d rather have you come on down and give us your vote!

Thought you’d enjoy a few snapshots from last year’s competition. Try to imagine what 5,000 chicken wings would look like in our walk in? Or prepping 5,000 wings to be cooked and then transported to the event where we finished them off in the fryer and tossed them in the finger-licking sauce.

So this week, that’s what we’ll be up to!!! Sounds like fun doesn’t it?