Golden Jubilee of Wings
Some fun information and scattered thoughts.
Wings or Chicken Wings but not Buffalo Wings, buffalo, contrary to popular folklore do not have wings. I do not know anyone from Buffalo that calls them Buffalo Wings. 50 years. WOW! congratulations! There is little doubt in my mind that “The Anchor Bar” is the first restaurant that commercially sold chicken wings for the first time 50 years ago despite some people arguing that it may have been another facility. I also have little doubt in Dominic Bellissimos story that “On a Friday night in 1964, Dominic Bellissimo was tending bar at the now famous Anchor Bar Restaurant in Buffalo, NY. Late that evening, a group of Dominic’s friends arrived at the bar with ravenous appetites. Dominic asked his mother, Teresa, to prepare something for his friends to eat.
They looked like chicken wings, a part of the chicken that usually went into the stock pot for soup.
Teresa had deep-fried the wings and flavored them with a secret sauce. The wings were an instant hit and it didn’t take long for people to flock to the bar to experience this new taste sensation. From that evening on, Buffalo Wings became a regular part of the menu at the Anchor Bar.” It is all very reasonable. There is a little more to the back story that many in the area my age and older might remember. Yes, some used wings for soup stock, but for a great number of families in this region wings were a supplement staple. Meat markets often gave wings to poorer families for free. They were just going to throw them out anyway.
$1.00 wings 25 years ago WOW
Typically a food is associated with a country. I love that Buffalo (a city) is known world-wide for a food. As with all things there is good with bad and Buffalo is on the map but now something that was once considered trash or at best for stock is now almost a delicacy that also demands the price. I will never forget a 10 10 220 commercial of about 20 or more years ago. It was a commercial for $0.99 long distance (land line) phone calls. The commercial always compared the long distance service to things that cost a dollar to demonstrate that the phone call is a good deal. They did this with a bunch of pro football players at a party and they were saying what s good deal the “Buffalo Wings” were at a dollar a wing when we in Buffalo were still paying $0.05 – $0.10 a wing.
Wings are served with carrots, celery and blue cheese as a dip (not ranch dressing).
Share your story about wings and how they helped stretch your family’s food budget and/or the outrageous prices and approximate date that you seen them.