On Jan. 31, the popular EpiCentre venue Whisky River is offering Charlotteans a challenge made up of fiery proportions: to consume six of its famous Atomic Wings. Yes, they are worthy of the name - these wings will melt your face off. They're made with Whisky River's specialty sauce, infused with Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper Pepper, from Fort Mill, S.C. - the world's hottest pepper, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
If you pride yourself on your ability to handle explosively spicy tastes, this might be the challenge for you. You have to be brave (or at least a little cocky) to take on a food challenge that threatens nuclear fallout in your mouth. But the reward is worth the risk; contestants enter to win the grand prize of $500 and a Whisky River T-shirt and hat. Not to mention, you get to say that you faced the Atomic menace and came out victorious.
But for those of us who can't stand a burning mouth, spectator tickets are also available with the added bonus of 15 percent off any regular food purchase. It could be fun to watch the contestants wiping tears and burning sauce from their faces while you're munching on Whisky River's less confrontational menu items. (The Tiny Baby Corn Dogs are my personal favorite.)
And of course, if you'd rather consume something a little less nourishing and a little more fun, the bar will be open. Who knows, maybe you'll end up on Whisky's famous mechanical bull by the end of the night.
Register to be a contestant or spectator at whiskyriverkillerwingchallenge.eventbrite.com by 4 p.m. on Jan. 31. Competition tickets are first come, first serve, so if you're up for the challenge, don't hesitate. $25 to enter. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St.
Saucy-smelling fingers and spicy lips. That's what we all came away with after Creative Loafing's Eat My Charlotte Wing Tour on Saturday, March 6.
Our readers and staff hit the road in a big ol' party bus to taste 10 flavors of the best wings in town. We ate (and drank) our way through Charlotte, hitting up Lebowski's, Wing King, D.D. Peckers, and Moosehead Grill.
Thanks to all who joined us for our tour! I hope you had fun. If you weren't on the Wing Tour, check out all the fun you missed:
** UPDATE: The Wing Tour is officially sold out. Sorry to all who are not able to join us!**
Ok, people. Tickets for the Eat My Charlotte Foodie Tour featuring chicken wings go on sale right ... NOW.
We will take you to four different restaurants via bus to sample an assortment of wings at each. We'll provide the beers on the bus to quench your thirst. Just bring your bib!
All food, transportation, tips and beers on the bus will be covered with your ticket. (Any additional beverages you wish to order from the restaurants will not be covered.)
Tickets are $25 per person.
*Bonus: Everyone on the tour will be receiving bottles of Burner Brothers hot sauce and a gift certificate to Lebowski's!
Here's how it's all going to go down on Saturday, March 6, 2010:
1:30 pm: Check in and board the bus at our offices at the N.C. Music Factory.
2 pm: Beep, beep! Bus departs.
From 2 - 5 pm:
5-ish: Return back to the N.C. Music Factory
Limited space available. No walk ups will be taken the day of the tour. No refunds can be provided.
Announcing the next Eat My Charlotte Foodie Tour
The things I do for the sake of research. And our readers. Really.
Here are a few pics from a "secret location" where I sampled chicken wings. They were so finger-licking good, I now have orange stained nails ... and I feel so full I want to put on a pair of overalls. Not a good feeling.
You want some of these? Join our Eat My Charlotte Foodie Tour featuring chicken wings on March 6. Yes, it happens to fall on the same day as the UNC vs. Duke basketball game.* The tour can serve as your pre-game party since we'll be serving wings and free beer on the tour bus. Perfect.
*Only UNC fans on the foodie tour, please! (Just kidding ... but not really.)
(Re)searching for chicken wings
The Eat My Charlotte Foodie Tour: Chicken Wings hits the streets March 6. To ensure we will be taking y'all to the best wing spots in town, we did our highly scientific and methodical research yesterday by driving around Charlotte and taste-testing it all. Here's a few pictures of what we tried. You may be tasting a few of these on the tour.
Tickets for the tour will be available for purchase online in the next week.
Drum roll please...
The next highly anticipated Eat My Charlotte Foodie Tour will feature ... Chicken Wings!
That's right. We'll load you onto a bus, drive you around town, feed you beer on the bus, and fill you with the best chicken wings in Charlotte. Stock up on wet naps we're hitting up 4 to 5 restaurants.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 6.
Tickets are not available for purchase quite yet. But stay tuned for more information to come.
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