Have you ever participated in a real war? I had not. But now it’s done. Last Sunday, was Wings War VI in Lake Placid. Wing Wars is an annual fundraiser for North Country Life Flight, the region’s air medical rescue team based at the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear.
This year’s event raised $4,547, and more than 300 people attended. In the heat of the Wing Wars battle were several establishments that had not yet won the competition: Generations, Price Chopper, The Cottage Cafe, Delta Blue and Redneck Bistro.
Then there were the past Wing War winners: defending 2012 champion Dancing Bears Restaurant at High Peaks Resort; 2008, 2009 and 2011 Wing Wars champ Wiseguys; and 2010 Wing Wars champ Kanu Restaurant at Whiteface Lodge.
The eight establishments each brought 500 wings to be judged by the crowd and a panel of local celebrity judges. For a $12 admission fee, it was an all-you-can-eat experience – as long as the wings lasted.
We had a lot of fun. I ate probably a few too many. But, that was for a good cause (at least, that’s going to be my excuse ;-)). All of us voted for Wiseguys but, this year, the winner was Generations Restaurant at the Golden Arrow Resort. This was Chef David Hunt’s first year at Wing Wars, and he made quite an impression.