Bragging rights for the best wings in the Connellsville area are on the line Aug. 31.
Eleven restaurants will offer their best traditional and specialty fare from 1 to 4 p.m. as part of the first Battle of the Wings sponsored by the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce.
A $20 ticket includes one traditional wing and one specialty wing at each restaurant, said chamber Director Brooke Deason, who organized the event with local restaurateur Ethan Keedy of Keedy’s Pizzeria. Participants will complete a ballot rating the sauce, texture and overall taste of each of the wings and drop them into the mail slot at the chamber’s office on Arch Street in Connellsville. Only 100 tickets are being sold and are going fast, Deason said.
Deason said promoting the area’s eateries is the underlying reason for the event.
“I wanted us to do this as a chamber to help out our restaurants (that are members) and showcase the many great restaurants in town,” said Deason.
A large percentage of the ticket price goes back to the participating restaurants, which will each make 200 wings for the event, while still serving their regular customers, she said. Each restaurant will receive $150 if all tickets are sold.
Deason said it’s important for the chamber to inspire growth, while at the same time supporting existing businesses.
“Growth is great. We only want growth if we can keep what we have here already,” she said.
She credited Keedy for the idea, which was inspired by the Chili Walk and Soup Walk – two very successful restaurant-related events held by the Downtown Connellsville program.
Initially, the chamber capped entrants to 10 restaurants, but when the event was at nine, Deason received e-mails from two businesses at the same time, so they decided to let both enter. Participating restaurants include Arch Café, Bud Murphy’s, Clubhouse Pizzeria, Dominos Pizza, Fox’s Tavern, Keedy’s, Kickstand Kitchen, Newt’s York Bar, The Paint Room, Pizza King, and Pleasant Valley Golf Club.
If 22 wings are too much for one person, Deason said some couples bought one ticket and plan on sharing.
Keedy said he’s sold tickets to groups from as far away as Pittsburgh and is hopeful that the event will showcase what the area has to offer.
“If you’ve never been in that restaurant, it gives you the opportunity to see what they have to offer and grab a menu,” he said.
If this year’s event is a success, Deason and Keedy are considering opening it up in the future, potentially crowning a winner for the best wings in all of Fayette County.
Tickets can be purchased at Keedy’s or the chamber office at 100 S. Arch St. in Connellsville. Call 724-628-5500 for more information.