Find the Best Tasting Chicken Wings at the Swings & Wings Festival
A basket of chicken wings helps to kick off the football season better than just about anything else. Even if you prefer other sports or hobbies, the tasty wings certainly make their presence known this time of year. Whether you're settling down to watch a game or just to fill your belly, you want chicken wings with some flavor and substance. You need to have the best of the best.
At the July Swings and Wings Festival in West Palm Beach, Florida's Roger Dean Stadium, 13 local restaurants competed for the honors of being crowned the connoisseur of wings. The competition was tough, but within each category, only one restaurant could claim the number-one spot. Chefs and cooks poured their hearts and souls into creating the best flavors for the competition. Among those 13 restaurants was the Cafe Protege of Lincoln Culinary Institute. The 31 students in the culinary program at Lincoln Culinary Institute, West Palm Beach cooked over 20,000 wings for the festival. The team competed in all three categories of the competition and came out with 1st place in "Most Creative." They also took 2nd place in both the "Medium Hot Category," as well as the "Budweiser Beer Infused" category.
This is only the 2nd annual Swings and Wings event, but with such a good turnout, West Palm’s Cafe Protege is looking forward to hosting the event yet again. The judges included the Clear Channel radio hosts as well as Chef Pantone from the Lincoln Culinary Institute. Due to a possible conflict of interest, however, Chef Pantone disqualified himself from voting for Lincoln's Cafe Protege. This fact makes Lincoln's dominance in each category even more impressive.
This event helped to fill guests hearts – as well as their bellies. A portion of the proceeds raised by the event were donated to Little Smiles, which is a nonprofit that provides toys, games, special events, celebrity meet-and-greets and theme park tickets, among other things for children in local hospitals, hospices and shelters.
If you want to step up your game in the kitchen this season, you can search through the offerings of Lincoln Technical Insitute's culinary programs. Whether you're an aspiring chef or just a hobbyist in the kitchen, you can benefit from the great education offered at Lincoln. The recreational courses will help you hone your cooking skills and maybe even give you the secret to creating award-winning chicken wings so you can enter competitions near you and walk away as number one.