Although the date seems to vary between March 4th and 6th throughout the internet, one thing is for sure: This year marks the 50th birthday of the Buffalo wing. And like we would do for any good friend, we decided to celebrate with a birthday cake. However, an occasion this special calls for more than what any ordinary cake could offer, so we created the BUFFALO WING CAKE! Deep-fried to perfection and covered with Frank’s RedHot, we stacked 50 wings upon each other and coated the top with a layer of blue cheese for frosting. Together, with our wing-loving friends, we paid homage to the one and only bar food that could make such a difference in my life… the Buffalo wing. Without it, I never would’ve witnessed events such as Wing Bowl or traveled seven hours to Buffalo, NY to eat at the Anchor Bar and be a part of the National Buffalo Wing Festival, or even have this website. So for those reasons, I’d like to personally thank Teressa Bellissimo for making that fateful decision back in 1964 to take what would normally be discarded or used as stock and make such a tasty treat.
For those of you who don’t know the story, it is said that late one Friday night in 1964, Dominic Bellissimo was tending bar at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY when a hungry group of his friends stopped by. He asked his mother, Teressa, to cook up something for them, so she went in the kitchen to see what she could make. Due to a shipping error, Teressa had received an excessive amount of chicken wings that were usually only used for making soup stocks. It was at that moment that she decided to fry them up and toss them in a secret hot pepper sauce mixture and serve them to Dominic’s friends. The wings were an instant success, and were added to their menu as the now famous Buffalo wings.
While the official story varies as well as claims of the true originator and birth date of the Buffalo wing, this wing-fanatic is just happy that they exist at all. Nothing is better than sitting down to a hot plate of wings with a cold beer and good friends. And to that, I’d like to raise a glass and wish a very happy 50th birthday to the Buffalo Wing.