Wednesday, 8 March 2017

WWWWWW #86 - International Women's Day & Chicken Wings

World Wide Web Wacky Wing Wednesday. #lotwWWWWWW. 
Exploring chicken wing culture on the internet every Wednesday.

This Week:

It's March 8th 2017,  INTERNATIONAL WOMEN's DAY!!!

"International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity."

I want to write something poignant, motivational and witty about this topic, but really it's simple: women are awesome.

I can't say it enough and I know I am thankful for all the women in my life. So to celebrate today and in conjuncture with WWWWWW we are taking a look at 3 women who have contributed to Chicken Wing Culture in some way or another:

#3 Rhonda Rousey

Rousey is an Olympic medal winner, UFC mixed martial artist and movie actress who is known for being one tough lady. She's been ranked as both the most "dominant" active athlete and "Best Female Athlete Ever."  She also loves chicken wings and loves talking about them. I don't think another athlete has been so open and documented about their love of chicken wings!

#2 Sonya Thomas, The Black Widow

Sonya Thomas is a competitive eater, know as both "The Black Widow" and "The Leader of the 4 Horseman of the Apocolypse" who has broken over 39 world records. This 98 lb woman from South Korea hit the world by storm by eating more and eating faster than all of her competitors. Her fame came from eating chicken wings, and in 2011 at the National Buffalo Wing Festival she beat her own record and ate 183 wings in 12 minutes!

#1 Teressa Bellissimo

The mother of the Buffalo Wing. Without her, the city of Buffalo would be obscure, Superbowls would only serve ok foods, and there would be no Lord of the Wings. In 1964 on March 4th (only a few days ago!) Bellissimo was just trying to feed her son's hungry friends who came to visit at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo NY.  She deep fried some chicken usually destined for the stock pot, whipped up a hot sauce, and the rest is history.

BONUS: Doreen Brown

My Grandmother and matriarch of the family. This is her eating wings, not knowing I was taking a photo of her. She's an amazing cook and baker, and influenced my dad in his cooking, who influenced me to be a good cook. Thanks Gramma!

BONUS #2: How to Eat Chicken Wings Like a Lady

I'd love to hear more about women and chicken wings - is there a wing loving woman that inspires you? Let me know in the comments, e-mail or twitter!

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