Wingin' It: A Buffalo Wing History

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There is much dispute about who actually created the famous Buffalo wing recipe. The first version is from October 30, 1964, when Teressa Bellissimo, of Buffalo, N.Y., was faced with the task of making a late-night snack for her son and his friends. Having some extra chicken wings on hand, she decided to fry them up and dip them in a buttered chili sauce. She then added some ranch and blue cheese dipping sauces on the side to balance the heat. For almost 50 years, the Anchor Bar, co-owned by Bellissimo and her husband, Frank, has been serving “the original Buffalo chicken wing,” which is made with a secret chili sauce. Although many others have tried to replicate the now-famous recipe, Buffalo locals agree that no other wing comes close.

Another version involves Frank Bellissimo dealing with an incorrect delivery of chicken wings instead of necks and backs, and asking Teressa to do something with the extra wings.

A third version involves an African-American man named John Young, who developed a “mambo” sauce that he served with chicken wings at his restaurant, John Young’s Wings ‘n Things.

Fun Wing Trivia!