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Ticonderoga Food Pantry wins ‘Wing War’

Restaurants battle for bragging rights

Ticonderoga restaurant took part in the “Wing War” at the Knights of Columbus recently to raise money for the Ticonderoga Food Pantry. From left are John Williams, a pantry volunteer; Emma Williams, a pantry volunteer, John Bartlett; Margaret Beuerlein, pantry director; Rollin Slattery, grand knight; and John Blanchard, Knight’s treasurer.

Ticonderoga restaurant took part in the “Wing War” at the Knights of Columbus recently to raise money for the Ticonderoga Food Pantry. From left are John Williams, a pantry volunteer; Emma Williams, a pantry volunteer, John Bartlett; Margaret Beuerlein, pantry director; Rollin Slattery, grand knight; and John Blanchard, Knight’s treasurer.

— The Knights of Columbus came out on top in the second annual “Wing War,” but the Ticonderoga Food Pantry was the real winner.

The “Wing War” pitted 10 Ti restaurants to determine which one makes the best chicken wings in town. The event raised $1,300, which was donated to the Ti Food Pantry.

“I think this is fantastic,” said Margaret Beuerlein, food pantry director. “I’m shock and pleased with the amount. It’s a tremendous help to the food pantry.”

Taking part in the “Wing War” were the Knights of Columbus, Fort View Inn, Burleigh House, Emerald’s, House of Pizza, The Pub, Tierney’s, the Wind Chill, the EMA and the Burgoyne Grill at the Best Western.

Unmarked wings were served at the Knights hall to people, who then voted for their favorite.

The Knights won with the EMA and Wind Chill tied for second place, just two votes back. Four other restaurants tied for third place, four votes back.

“I’d like to thank all the restaurants who participated in out ‘Wing War’,” said Rollin Slattery, K of C grand knight. “Without the generous support of these restaurants and others, like John Bartlett, we wouldn’t be able to make this donation to the food pantry. It was really a community event.

“It was great fun,” Slattery added. “We saw a lot of new faces this year; our attendance was definitely up. I’m looking forward to next year.”

The “Wing War” will be an annual benefit for the Ticonderoga Food Pantry, Slattery said, held the third Saturday of October.

“It’s a great way to support our food pantry, which is having an ever more difficult time assisting the rising number of families in need of help,” Slattery said. “It’s a great cause.”

The Ticonderoga Food Pantry, located in the First United Methodist Church on Wicker Street, is entering the winter in good shape, Beuerlein said, but she expects demand to increase.

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