About International Chicken Wing Day
Super Bowl parties and sports bars wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for the spicy finger-staining snack invented in upstate New York in 1964.
Although some of the details remain disputed, the basic facts surrounding the origin of Buffalo wings are generally agreed upon, according to TIME.
Teressa Bellissimo, who owned the Anchor Bar, is believed to be the first person to coat chicken wings in cayenne pepper, hot sauce, and butter and serve them with sides of blue cheese and celery because that’s what was what she had on hand.
Her husband told the New Yorker that they’d wrongly received a shipment of wings and she had to figure out a way to make use of the mistake. Her son sang a different tune. He says he’d been partying with friends and asked his mom to make them a midnight snack and hot wings were the result of that request. All three have since passed, so we’ll never know which story is true.