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Winging It: Chicken Wings and Beer to be Flowing at KC’s Sunday Showdown

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NEW JERSEY -- According to the National Chicken Council's 2015 Wing Report (yes, there is such a thing) 1.25 billion chicken wings will be eaten during Super Bowl XLIX.

To put that into perspective, if 1.25 billion wing segments were laid end to end, they would stretch back and forth from CenturyLink Field in Seattle (home of the Seahawks) to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA (home of the New England Patriots) almost 28 times.  It's enough to put 572 wings on every seat in every NFL stadium.

“That’s a lot of wings,” said Sal Esposito.  “KC’s wings are great.  Their staple wings are straight-up buffalo wings and teriyaki wings.” Their dressings are the best.”  

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Locally KC’s Korner (100 Oak Tree Rd. in South Plainfield) will be putting on their own Super Bowl Sunday Showdown with a buffet, wings, new IPAs and a number of giveaways.  “We have deflated some of our prices, and we have inflated the number of IPA’s we offer,” said Walter Kurilew owner of KC’s.  “Our halftime show will be better than what they have in Glendale.  In addition to great food and beer we are raffling off a trip to the Bahamas.”

“You have to be here at half in order to win the Bahamas package,” said KC’s Cheri Tanzola.  “Maybe the next time the weatherman forecast a blizzard it won’t matter if it happens or not, you could be in the Bahamas.”

More than half of adults who eat chicken wings say they typically like to eat them with ranch dressing, according to the National Chicken Council (NCC) survey, which was conducted by Harris Poll*. In order of preference are:

·        Ranch Dressing: 56%

·        BBQ Sauce: 42%

·        Blue Cheese Dressing: 36%

·        Hot Sauce: 36%

·        Celery: 35%

·        Carrots: 20%

·        Nothing: 10% (self-described purists who eat nothing with their wings). 

To Bone or Not to Bone?

To Bone or Not to Bone?

The survey touched on growing popularity of "boneless wings"; 54% of respondents prefer traditional, (bone-in) wings while 46% chose boneless. 

Last year, Buffalo Wild Wings in Watchung sold 28,000 traditional wings and 8,000 boneless wings.

“The Super Bowl is actually our busiest day of the year -- predominantly from take-out orders. We start our preorders two weeks in advance and promote special take-out offers leading up to the game,” said Matt Allgauer, general manager of Buffalo Wild Wings in Watchung, NJ, adding that Asian Zing and Honey BBQ are the most popular sauces among the sports bar's extensive selection.

The Drumette vs. Flat

The vast majority of wings, especially those destined for restaurants, are disjointed, with the third joint (the thin part known as the wing tip or flapper) being exported to Asian countries. The meatier first and second joints being sold domestically.  Wings are usually split and served in two segments known as the "drumette" and the "flat." The breakout: 46% prefer the drumette, 25% the flat, and 10% prefer their wings whole. (About 19% didn't have a preference.).

The National Chicken Council is a non-profit trade association based in Washington, D.C.  Member companies of NCC account for more than 95% of the chicken sold in the U.S.

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