When it comes to chicken wings, how do you like them? It is a hot and spicy buffalo that keeps you coming back for more, or is it crispiness with the tang of lemon flavoring a moist and juicy interior? Maybe you like them a little saucy with little bit of sweetness. America has a love affair with chicken wings. Proof is in the National Chicken Council’s yearly report on consumption of the snack during Super Bowl Sunday. 2017’s projection was 1.33 billion—enough to circle the globe almost three times!
This weekend offers a chance to not only enjoy a wide variety of flats and drums, but to also vote for the style you like best. The annual Springer Mountain Farms Southern Wing Showdown takes roost in Atlanta this Sunday, August 20 with 25 chefs representing local restaurants and throughout the Southeast.
To celebrate the event and bring a taste of the South to the Northeast, producer of the event, Taste of Atlanta, brought the festivities to New York City with the Springer Mountain Farms Southern Wing Showdown at famed James Beard House. On July 29th, 75 guests voted for “fowl fan favorite” at the first ever casual event at the historic culinary house. Winners that evening (and at last year’s Atlanta event) were Zac Schultz and Brandon Whitestone of Cotton & Rye on Savannah. Their recipe of crispy sumac and chile-dusted wings with spiced honey had the perfect balance of sweet and spicy and the crackly skin that appealed to everyone.
Whitestone and Cotton & Rye will defend their title with the following competition:
Baldhead Bistro, Cleveland , TN- Eric Fulkerson
Barringtons, Charlotte- Jason Newman
Bhojanic, Atlanta-Archna Becker
Bonterra, Charlotte, NC- Blake Hartwick
Canoe, Atlanta- Matt Basford
City Winery, Atlanta- Nick Anderson
Cotton & Rye, Savannah- Brandon Whitestone
Donetto, Atlanta- Michael Perez
The Feed Co., Chattanooga-Charlie Loomis
Good Food on Montford, Charlotte- Larry Schrieber
Hampton + Hudson, Atlanta- Savannah Sasser
Hugh Road, Atlanta- Keith Schroeder
JCT Kutchen, Atlanta- Brian Meiler
Jianna, Greenville- Michael Kramer
Local republic, Atlanta- Scott Smith
The Mercury, Atlanta- Brian Carson
Mimosa Grill, Charlotte- Thomas marlow
One Flew South, Atlanta- Jared hall
Richard’s Southern Fried, Atlanta- Todd Richards
Saltyard, Atlanta- Nick Leahy
Seven Lamps, Atlanta- Drew Van Leuvan
Stoke, Charlotte- Chris Coleman
Table and Main, Atlanta- Woody Back
Urban Grub, Nashville- Edgar Pendley
Valhalla Resort Hotel, Helen, GA- Eric Fulkerson
This is the place to discuss subtle heat verses hot on the Scoville scale. Does the marinade flavor the meat? Is the skin rendered and shatteringly crisp. Does the sauce have a citrus zinginess or is it lacquered with a thick sweetness? What’s better, a dry rub or smoking in a Big Green Egg…or both? Should they be served with blue cheese or ranch? Saddle up - you are the judge at this showdown.
Door open at 2 P.M. for general admission and 1 P.M for VIP access with open bar at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. Live entertainment provided by Battlefield Collective. Proceed benefit two local non-profits: Second Helping Atlanta, a food rescue organization that delivers surplus food to those in need and Open Hand, which helps people prevent or manage chronic disease with comprehensive nutrition care through home-delivery of meals and nutrition education. For tickets and information visit www.southernwingshowdown.com.