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‘Wing War’ aids food pantry

Fort View Inn, Knights of Columbus tie

Rollin Slattery, left, of the Knights of Columbus and Robert Goestch of the Fort View Inn show off their chicken wings. The Knights and Fort View tied for first place in the inaugural “Wing War” to benefit the Ticonderoga Food Pantry.

Rollin Slattery, left, of the Knights of Columbus and Robert Goestch of the Fort View Inn show off their chicken wings. The Knights and Fort View tied for first place in the inaugural “Wing War” to benefit the Ticonderoga Food Pantry.

— Ticonderoga eateries battled for bragging rights during the inaugural “Wing War” Oct. 23, but the real winner was the Ticonderoga Food Pantry.

The event raised $500 for the local food shelf.

The “Wing War” gave people the chance to sample chicken wings prepared by local restaurants. The wings were labeled by number so people didn’t know whose wings were being sampled. People then voted for their favorite wings.

Adam’s Rib, the Hot Biscuit Diner, the Burleigh House, Emerald’s, House of Pizza, Ti Pi, the Carillon, the Wagon Wheel, Eddie’s, the Windchill, the Burgoyne Grill, the Fort View Inn and The Pub were all invited to compete.

The result was a draw as the Fort View Inn and the host Knights of Columbus tied in the balloting. About 100 people attended.

“A lot of people eat wings; a lot of places in town make wings,” explained Rollin Slattery of the Knights. “Wings and pizza are a tradition on Sundays while people watch football. We thought we would combine all those things and see who makes the best wings in town.”

The “Wing War” had the added benefit of assisting the Ticonderoga Food Pantry, Slattery noted.

“Anytime we can help the food pantry it’s a good thing,” he said. “The food pantry provides a must-needed service to the community and I’m glad we can help out.”

Slattery said the event proved to be such a success the Knights of Columbus plan on making it an annual contest.

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