Thank god it’s not BYOW (bring your own Wetnaps), because you’d need a truckload if you were headed to the 13th annual WingFest on February 26th. Problem is, if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you’re out of luck; the 2000 tickets are already gone. Sold out. But you still have a chance to go this month, and score VIP status for you and a friend in the process, if you’re willing to show me why you deserve them.
Once again, WingFest will be held at the Bailey Auditorium (1340 W. Washington) from 1 to 6 p.m. There will be around 25 local wing-slingers, who can enter wings of their choice into two of the following categories: Mild Wings, Hot Wings, BBQ Wings and Exotic Wings. WXRT’s very own Lin Brehmer is the MC and Chief Wing Leader. Tickets are usually $24 for general admission, which includes all the wings you can eat, live music from Cadillac Dave and the Chicago Redhots, a raffle ticket and continuous sponsor giveaways. There are also VIP tickets for $50 which include all of the above plus a drink package, parking pass, goody bag and access to the VIP area.
This year, organizers are offering two of my readers the “Best Seats in the House,” which includes a special, reserved area for two within the VIP area, offering plush seats and a great view of the action. All you have to do is shoot a short video, making your case for why you deserve to be this year’s WingFest VIP, then give me the YouTube link here under the Comments section so I can see it. The person who makes the best case for why they should go wins. Simple as that. You have until Feb. 17th at 5 p.m. to enter. I’ll pick a winner and announce them on Feb. 20th here on my website.
Just for reference, in 2011, winners included:
Best Mild Wing: Wild Goose
Best Hot Wing: Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap
Best BBQ Wing: Bulldogs
Best Exotic Wing: Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap
Best of the Fest: Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap.
So apparently, Melnick’s is the one to beat. Scarfing incendiary poultry is also for a good cause, since the event has raised more than $130,000 for various local charities, including Chicago Neighbors United (http://chicnu.org), a community-based organization which provides educational scholarships to inner city youth.