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I LOVE wings! I love them hot and spicy, crispy, “trashed”..pretty much anyway you can have them. So I’m really excited to be a judge in the 6th annual UCP Heartland Wing Ding. I get to eat a lot of wings and it’s for charity!! I’m inviting all of you to come along so you can taste too!  I get to judge but you get to taste! (ticket info below)

This year’s event will be from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm, Thursday, August 11, 2016, at Queeny Park.  WD-Logo-SMALL-300x212

Advance tickets are available online – $25/General Admission (includes wings, two beverages and open seating), and $45 for VIP (includes wings, unlimited drinks, dessert, VIP seating and early entrance at 5:30 p.m.). Ticket prices day of event are $30/$50 respectively. For advance tickets call (636) 779-2253, or visit


This year will feature at least 16 restaurants from around the St. Louis area that will compete for the title of the best chicken wings.  Restaurants compete for trophies and bragging rights in the categories of Best Traditional Wings – sauced, Best Specialty Wing – sauced, Best Dry Rubbed Wings – un-sauced, Judges’ Overall Favorite, Hottest Wing and the ever-popular People’s Choice Award.

Some of the restaurants participating include Balentine’s, Barrister’s, Big Chief Restaurant, EdgeWild Bistro & Tap, Frailey’s, Hwy 61 Roadhouse, Hotshots Sports Bar & Grill, The Kitchen Sink, The Slider House, Southern, St. Louis Wing Company, Sugarfire Smokehouse, The Beerhouse, Three Kings Public House, Walnut Grill and Wheelhouse.

Celebrity Judges participate in a blind taste test to determine the winners in several categories. Some of the other celebrity judges this year:  Alan Bowman – Fireside Smokers/Arnold Stove and Fire, Dan Neman, Gabe Hartwig and Joe Holleman – St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dee Ryan – Sauce Magazine, , George Mahe and Joe Bonwich – St. Louis Magazine, Greg Thomas and Scott Thomas and Guy Phillips – Y98 – The Phillips and Company Morning Show.

About UCP Heartland: A proud United Way agency, UCP Heartland enhances the quality of life of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, their families, and their communities. UCP Heartland believes that individuals with even the most challenging disabilities have the right to quality education and transition services, integrated employment opportunities with competitive wages and career opportunities. UCP Heartland also promotes full inclusion in community life by providing resource and referral, advocacy, and community integration services. For more information please visit


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