published Friday, September 16th, 2011

Find your favorite hot wings at Chattanooga Market

IF YOU GO

What: Kick'n Chick'n Hot Wings Cook-Off at Chattanooga Market.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd.

Admission: Free.

Phone: 648-2496.

Website: www.chattanoogamarket.com.

THE CONTENDERS

* Bud's (5751 Brainerd Road)

* Champy's (526 M.L. King Blvd.)

* Keller's Grilled Wings (club catering schedule at kellerwings.com)

* Market Street Tavern (850 Market St.)

* Mom & Pop's SpecTaters Bar and Grille (8021 East Brainerd Road)

* Taco Mac (423 Market St.)

* T-Bones (1419 Chestnut St.)

* The Honest Pint (35 Patten Parkway)

General manager Paul Smith is hoping for cool temps to go with the hot wings Sunday at Chattanooga Market.

"We had wonderful crowds all summer, even with the excessive heat," he said. "But we did notice a great turnout last weekend as it was the first Sunday not in the 90s."

The expected high Sunday is 77, he said, and the new earlier date for the Kick'n Chick'n Hot Wings Cook-Off should bring in a crowd.

"Kick'n Chick'n has been such a great event," he said. "We had it placed in November the last two years, but it has become so popular we moved it up on the calendar to give it a better audience."

Creating the hot wings will be chefs representing seven area restaurants and one catering company: Bud's, Champy's, Keller's Grilled Wings, Market Street Tavern, Mom & Pop's SpecTaters Bar & Grille, Taco Mac, T-Bone's and The Honest Pint.

"The high-profile list of restaurants is such that the champion is considered Chattanooga's best wings," Smith said.

The 2010 winner was Keller's Grilled Wings. The caterer nabbed both the Judge's Choice and People's Choice awards.

For $8, marketgoers will receive a wing from every competing restaurant and the chance to vote for their favorite.

"The competition is fierce, and these folks take it very seriously," Smith said.

ON THE EPB STAGE

* 12:30 p.m. Dana Rogers

* 2 p.m. Dave Dykes & The Grateful Hearts

about Karen Nazor Hill...

Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...

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